Image from page 429 of “Birds, beasts and fishes of the Norfolk broadland” (1895)
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Title: Birds, beasts and fishes of the Norfolk broadland
Year: 1895 (1890s)
Authors: Emerson, P. H. (Peter Henry), 1856-1936 Cotton, T. A
Subjects: Birds — England Norfolk Fishes — England Norfolk Mammals — England Norfolk
Publisher: London : D. Nutt
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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well known, returning the following springto spawn on the flats of Breydon—at least so say the menof Breydon; whereas I believe the broad-nosed eel spawnsin a weed called lambs tail, to be found on most of thebroads and in the dikes. I have seen this weed full ofelvers. Of course many of the Broadsmen say eels young ; andone old man says he tells by looking into an eels mouthwhether it has young, and he is fully convinced he has takensixteen young elvers out of an eel. But one thing seems certain about the eel: he is capitaleating. A nice silver-bellied eel, from half a pound to a poundweight, is the sweetest fish to eat, as a salt-water eel like theBreydon eel is the most delicately flavoured. Whilst living 2,70 BIRDS, BEASTS, AND FISHES on the Broads I have cooked them in a bouillabaisse, withvegetables ; fried them (skins on); stewed them; and cookedthem a la viatelote. The bouillabaisse is the best way, Ithink, and so prepared they are a dehcate dish, fit for anygood sportsman.
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AN EEL-CABIN ON GREAT HOVETON BROAD. CHAPTER XII THE PERCH As you walk by the rivers where the kingcups blaze, andthe frogs are croaking in the month of April, you will see,perchance, lovely wreaths of perch spawn hanging round thesere amber reed-stalks. And should you unwind one of thesespawn-wreaths from the reed and hold it against the azure,you will find it looks more beautiful still, and recalls a hol-low tubular bracelet, made of pure glass beads. Some ofthese lovely necklets lie on the surface of the water, some farbelow, lying on the weedy depths, most commonly on hair-weed. And if you watch the place closely, you will see theexhausted fish at times lying on the bottom after the spawn-ing is over. When they recover a little they return to thedeepest holes round about, for the perch loves deep waterand a gravel bottom. In these holes they stay feedingravenously on worms, an they can get them, for they bitefuriously and fast after spawning, but are useless for food whencaught. W
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