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A view, from the Viewing Area, of the Atlantic Grey Seals colony(Halichoerus grypus) at Donna Nook, Lincs. The majority of seals shown here are weaned pups, whose mothers have already left. Donna Nook is an RAF base and target practice goes on far out on the sands. Targets are set up and the vermilion patch of colour you see far right are markers, set up to guide the aircraft. I left this in, as I felt this was part of the scene.
Here are the numbers of seals recorded since the beginning of the month:

Monday 3 December
470 bulls, 839 cows, 1188 pups.
Note the big departure of females from last week, almost 400 have gone.

Total pup numbers born on the reserve this year (1471) has passed last years total (1438).Monday 10 December
433 bulls, 427 cows, 1018 pups.

Well worth a visit and photography opportunities from the designated viewing area are more than adequate, without the need for going out onto the sands and alarming the animals.

My thanks to those of you who voted and commented on yesterdays upload - always much appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS Mk II
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Dec 2012 - 9:42 AM
Focal Length:88mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Donna Nook Grey Seal Colony
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:12 Dec 2012 - 9:15 AM
Group Event:Grey Seals

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 11:49 AM

Perfect shot of Donna Sylvia. This is just how I recall it from my visit last year; except of course you made a far better job of the shot than I did.
Ron

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 3johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 12:29 PM

Capturing the scene beautifully Sylvia, i like it
David

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 7:36 PM

I really like this scene Sylvia. Sharp throughout and showing the scene really well.
Hopefully this will do better
Richard

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2012 - 8:34 PM

I would love to visit here and next year maybe I will, superb shot Sylvia

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Dec 2012 - 10:20 PM

An excellent image giving us the bigger picture of what Donna Nook is all about, you've set the scene so superbly.

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