Still hot and sunny with west breeze.
|Adult Mediterranean gull with a juvenile|
|Some detail of the juvenile Mediterranean gull|
While I was on the skear, there were two people push netting for shrimps, but on the far side of the Kent channel. They have probably come from Grange area. Originally shrimpers from there came with a horse and cart, but always in twos, just in case a horse died. The oft quoted anecdote is that the tide could come in faster than a horse can gallop. And so it can, but only because there are miles of mud with almost no gradient. The tide can cover miles of it almost instantly, but this is only a danger if there are hidden gullies between you and safety, you make sure that there are not. When I started push netting in the 1970's the Grange lads were using tractors, but again always at least two in case one failed (they did, more so than the horses!). But these two today had only one vehicle, probably a modified quad bike. They must have some trust in it! The tide had already been coming in for an hour when I took this clip. They would have no chance of getting back if the quad bike failed, but I suppose they have a back up support that can be summoned by mobile phone, I hope they get reception there. It's much further out than it looks. At the end of the clip I zoom out to give an indication of scale (MD).