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On a great trip to Donna Nook last week, Mike(Greyheron) and I were lucky enough to witness the birth of an Atlantic Grey Seal pup (Halichoerus grypus), which took place only a few feet away from the viewing area. There was a bitterly cold North wind blowing and one cannot but wonder why nature dictates that these initially fragile little creatures are born on a desolate, windswept beach in November and December! This is a full frame capture.

My thanks to you all for your support of my last upload with special thanks to Cathy(Holmewood) and Norman(Lynks) for their User Awards. All very much appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:21 Nov 2013 - 11:47 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:The Miracle of Birth
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:23 Nov 2013 - 11:57 PM
Tags:Atlantic grey seal, Birth, Donna nook, Halichoerus grypus, Lincs, Mammal, Pup, Wildlife / nature
Votes:19

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gwynn56
gwynn56  260 forum posts England
24 Nov 2013 - 12:50 AM

nice capture Smile

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85874 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 4:55 AM

Perfect timing Sylvia
Nature is strange at times

Off to the coast on Friday, in readiness for the low tide on the Saturday morning

Adrian

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2162 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 5:04 AM

What an amazing thing to witness, great capture...yes one wonders why they give birth at this time of year....isn't nature wonderful

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Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 11:27 AM

Very envious of this yer lucky pair of beggars Tongue

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 1:15 PM

You certainly had the better angle of the birth than I did - fabulous shot Sylvia…can't get the images of the seals out of my head - that's not a bad thing though Grin

Mike

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AlexAppleby
24 Nov 2013 - 2:54 PM

Great shot, but Ouch! is all I can say!!

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ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 6:14 PM

Excellent image,

Ali

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SteveMackay
24 Nov 2013 - 8:53 PM

WOW Sylvia!, that's quite an amazing sight and wonderful photo!, I saw some new born pups............but never witnessed the actual birth of one!!!!Grin, really glad you had a brilliant time and got some great images like this one!SmileSmileSmile

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