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Leftovers?

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Same tree. Different bird. Same watchful eyes.

This is a good perch. I see this from my window as I look out towards the bay. I can’t resist trying to get a photo, even though it’s quite far away. I zoom in and try not to shake the camera as I press the shutter. It’s not perfect, but he (or she) is recognizable.Β  He’s got a great view of the beach and any activity that may signal food.

“Any leftovers?” he asks.

The herring fishery is as good as over, most boats having caught their allowed quota, but the feast for the scavengers is just beginning. Dead herring litter the beaches here and there, and strands of kelp and other seaweed have skeins of herring roe stuck to them. It all makes a tasty and healthy snack for seagulls and eagles.

I thought I’d try some of the herring myself. A friend working on a seiner gave us a few herring mainly for bait, since it isn’t the ideal food fishery time. The fatter herring are fished for food in November. But since these were so fresh, I fried a few fillets in the pan. They have a lot of little bones, but it’s so worth it to pick them out as you eat. They were delicious.

Of course they had to be cleaned up a bit first.

I feel a bit guilty about eating them. See how they are looking at me with reproach?

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26 thoughts on “Leftovers?

  1. They’re really staring, aren’t they?

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    • I saw the spring salmon (what the Americans call king salmon) doing that same staring when I was deckhanding for the Captain many years ago. I stood in the back and looked at them lying side by side in the checkers and I stared back at them long enough to notice that each one looked different. They had different facial features just like people do. One was the grandma, and one the uncle and another had a young face, but all had those staring, accusing eyes. I had to shake my head and go up into the wheelhouse for a while.

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  2. I can’t look at my fish until the eyes are gone. πŸ™‚

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  3. I had to giggle at the fish eye thing, Anneli, they look up at you with such disdain! I’ll try one. The eagle photo is beautiful, well done. πŸ˜πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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    • The eagle photos were very far away and my hands aren’t that steady, but I was pleased that I could see the details of eye and beak on the birds. But the fish eyes!!! Oh, are they ever looking deep into me, making me feel bad.

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  4. I know nature makes them reproduce in vast numbers just so they can feed predators (like us) but really, the eye?

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  5. Those eyes looking at you! Good appetite! Good pictures!

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  6. Such a magnificent bird.

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  7. The herring don’t look too happy but I bet they were good. The eagle has a perfect perch there too.

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  8. You took that eagle shot?!!!!! Are you kidding me? It’s PHENOMENAL. Wow, Anneli. I am so impressed. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. When I think of how hard we searched on that river in Alaska to take eagle pix and how far away they were LOL. Now the fish photos, I will admit, I skimmed by those!!!!

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  9. Anneli, a stunning photo of the eagle, in contemplative repose – probably trying to work out how to get to your fish!πŸ˜€ Even though my grandfather was a fisherman and many of my cousins still fish I do not like fish. Their eyes, such as in your photo, give me the shivers and I feel there is still life in them somehow – definitely full of reproach and maybe more!πŸ˜€

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    • I think that a lot of people who don’t like fish have had it served to them when it wasn’t prepared properly or when it has not been cared for properly from the time it was caught until it reached home. I’ve seen some awful fish in the markets that were not cared for right, and sometimes that affects the flavour. Or the oily part is not removed and it gives it a bad taste. And then there are the eyes…. LOL.

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      • The fish was very fresh, caught by my grandfather and my grandmother prepared it straight away and she was a great cook! Whilst the rest of the family relish fish, including my son, I’m still the odd one out! It’s the eyes, we’ll say! xx

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        • Oh … too bad. I love fish, but I know it can be awful if not prepared right. I’m sure your grandparents knew what they were doing. I’m sorry you don’t like the taste of fish. Yes, let’s blame it on the eyes. πŸ˜‰

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