Having a Drink: With Mac Daddy

WAAAATTTTEERRRRRZZZZZZ!
WAAAATTTTEERRRRRZZZZZZ!

It should be well known that it is bad to feed wild animals. I try very hard not to, even though every instinct in my body screams “throw the Dolphin a fish and he’ll be your friend!”. But no one ever (ever) told me you can’t give wild beasts fresh water. So that’s exactly what I did when I thought of the idea just recently. Herring Gulls need fresh water. They can, and do, drink salt water out of necessity. They have the extremely fancy ability to process limited amounts of salt water, and expel the salt through their beaks (a skill I sure wish I had at times) Somewhere in this season’s readings is a photo of Mac Daddy expelling salt through his nostrils. Anyhoo, they still need fresh water and I’m sure it is just as much of a drag for them to have to haul it home during a great day at the beach just to hydrate as it is for us.

And of course the recipient of my generous plan was Mac Daddy, North Beach's oldest and most experienced Herring Gull.
And of course the recipient of my generous gift was Mac Daddy, North Beach’s oldest and most experienced Herring Gull. Mac Daddy returned to the water over and over again for a refreshing cool-me-down on a hot day.
And his 3 little ones: 'Lil CheezIt, Nacho CheezIt, and Cheezball.
And his 3 little ones: ‘Lil CheezIt, Nacho CheezIt, and Cheezball.
The water was a big hit with all of them
The water was a big hit with all of them
The kids even got a little greedy
The kids even got a little greedy
But none of them took to the water like the youngest, CheezBall
But none of them took to the water like the youngest, CheezBall
Cheezball snuggled up to the water like an old blanket
Cheezball snuggled up to the water like an old blanket
This was a huge score for Mac Daddy. Cheezball is the youngest and whiniest of the 3 Cheezits, and this kept him busy for hours. Mac Daddy was able to catch more crabs today than he had all week'
This was a huge score for Mac Daddy. Cheezball is the youngest and whiniest of the 3 Cheezits, and this kept him busy for hours. Mac Daddy was able to catch more crabs today than he had all week.
Iz mah waterz
Iz mah waterz
Bonus Shot: Awww, we see you there Mac Daddy. You don't have to disguise yourself to hide from Cheezball... he is busy with his water.
Bonus Shot: Awww, we see you there Mac Daddy. You don’t have to disguise yourself to hide from Cheezball… he is busy with his water.