Could be worse (DTOTB)

dead fish washed up on beach, Atlántida, Uruguay

We live near the mouth of the Rio de la Plata, and the water at the beach goes from being salt-free enough that the dogs will drink it, to being so salty that I can float (and I generally cannot float). Occasionally, best I can tell, the “wrong” water sweeps in, killing fish that aren’t adapted to it, which then wash up on shore. This looks a bit odiferous, and it was; I didn’t go for a walk this morning.

However, twice since we’ve been here I’ve seen the entire beach carpeted with dead fish, all their eyes pecked out by the birds.

Loverly, eh?

 

 

More DTOTB*

I used to think of myself as a mountain person, and perhaps still do. I can’t wait to explore Bolivia (this week’s armchair travel :).

But my usually-daily 2-mile walk reveals a beach that constantly changes — not as much as the mouth of the Solís Chico in parque del Plata, my favorite. A couple of things it served up this morning:

Dead things on the beach, Atlántida, Uruguay

Dead things on the beach, Atlántida, Uruguay


 

* dead things on the beach

 

 

 

DTOTB double header—two mysteries

I saw two raptors ahead on the beach. They took off, and flew over me. Large, with a most unusual wing pattern: white on the inside, black on the outside. Not just the flight feathers: a clean line in the middle of the wing. Stranger still, what they dining on appears to be another of the same species. Note the beak (head is bent under).

dogs investigate dead bird on beach

I have looked through hundreds of birds online and found nothing resembling these, which I would have guessed to be eagles.

Then this:

dog with dead river dolphin
I’ve seen this DTOTB before — any idea what it is?


 Update: river dolphin.