Posts Tagged ‘Common Seal

04
Sep
15

Cutie

I don’t often like photographs of animals when they are staring straight at the photographer. This photo of a young Common Seal pup on the beach the other week is an exception. Cute or what?

Common Seal Pup

14
May
14

Common or Harbour

The Americans call them Harbour Seals. We call them Common. Same species different race. On a photographic tour the other week we found this little chap on the beach. He came towards us as though he wanted his photo taken.

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Common Seal

17
Nov
13

Forlorn

On the Deer and Seal Photography day last weekend we photographed Red and Fallow Deer as well as Grey and Common Seals. It wasn’t just about deer and seals with sightings of various fungi and loads of birds. However, it was the first dozen or so Grey Seal Pups of the season that stole our hearts. This little chap was hours old; still carrying his remnant umbilical cord he has a lot of rich milk to drink …  and although he was looking a little forlorn it won’t take long for him to ‘fill out’ a bit.

Grey Seal Pup

 

24
Sep
13

Ginger

On one of our Norfolk Safaris last week we were scanning the beach and amid the Grey and Common Seals there was one that looked a little odd.

Shining out like a beacon this seal certainly stood out. It was decidedly orange; perhaps best described as ‘ginger’. We walked down the dunes and along the sand to investigate. Sure enough ‘Ginger’ was a Common Seal but a very different colour morph.

Common Seals like Greys have a colour range; from black to pale brown through to white and everything between. ‘Ginger’ however was at the far end of the Common Seal colour spectrum.

Common Seal

16
Nov
12

Spectres on the Beach

An endless stream of Starlings sparsely peppered with Waxwings flew west as we walked the tideline on our tour earlier this week. We were looking for Snow Buntings or maybe a Shorelark. We found neither as our attention was attracted by corpse after corpse washed up on the beach; Blackbirds, Redwings, Song Thrushes and the like.

These frail half decayed little bodies are the distasteful side of a ‘fall of birds’. They are the remains of individuals that couldn’t make it to land on their migration south.

I have heard it called a disaster, so many dead birds on the recent high tides. Rubbish!

This is nature’s way of thinning out the weak. This is how Natural Selection works. This is how over millennia the survival of the fittest rule. Evolution has designed the intricacies of migration to filter out the weaker genes in the population. Death is very much part of life.

This dead Common Seal perhaps summed up the atmosphere of the long and wide sands we walked.

29
Sep
12

Not so Common

In the past if you saw a seal in North East Norfolk you could pretty much guarantee it would be a Grey Seal. Common Seals are better known for occurring on the North Norfolk Coast.

With increasing regularity on our tours I’m seeing Common Seals further east. I wonder why?

I photographed this Common Seal in East Norfolk on the edge of a group of Greys this week. there were a further five on the beach

For the uninitiated Grey’s are usually larger than Common’s with a more roman nose rather than the dog like snout of Common Seal. A Common Seal also has Teddy Bear like nostrils pointing together whereas the Grey has a larger nose with the nostrils parallel to one another. A feature that is useful when all you can see is the nose pointing out of the water.




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