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Donna Nook Grey Seal Colony

By teocali
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

Tags: Wild Donna nook Mammals Pups Grey seal Wildlife and nature Halichoerus grypus Lincs Raf base Atlantic seals Weaned

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Maiwand 11 3 73 England
12 Dec 2012 11:49AM
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.

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johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 12:29PM
Capturing the scene beautifully Sylvia, i like it
MossyOak 6 22 15 England
12 Dec 2012 7:36PM
I really like this scene Sylvia. Sharp throughout and showing the scene really well.
Hopefully this will do better
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2012 8:34PM
I would love to visit here and next year maybe I will, superb shot Sylvia
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Dec 2012 10:20PM
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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