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By fatherpie  
Had a great afternoon at Donna Nook on Saturday. It seems that the bad weather has left more young seals orphaned than normal so it was probably even more of a humnbling experience than in other years.

Some facts from :

"The British population of grey seals is of great international conservation importance and we are fortunate to have a thriving colony on the Lincolnshire coast.

For much of the year the seals are at sea or hauled out on distant sandbanks, but during the winter they come to breed near the dunes on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Donna Nook. They are present on the beach in November and December.

The RAF Bombing Range at Donna Nook provides the seals with a relatively disturbance-free site for hauling out. The seals are not the least bit concerned by the planes. Staff at RAF Donna Nook make every effort to make sure that no harm comes to any animal because of military activity. The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust manages Donna Nook as a Nature Reserve with the agreement of the Ministry of Defence. "

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Hanners Plus
11 875 10 Ireland
7 Dec 2009 7:25PM
spot on comp and good sharpness Dave Smile
7 Dec 2009 7:39PM
gorgeous light, great close up
Steve_S Plus
11 180 3 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2009 7:53PM
Great capture, nice light
wamp 11 276 8 England
7 Dec 2009 7:55PM
Lovely light and Detail. You've got to feel for them - the poor little things

Super shot Dave.

mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1766 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2009 8:47PM
I like your placement - he has so much space to move into, it makes his hesitation more affecting.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
7 Dec 2009 9:23PM
lovely light and detail. think i'd be tempted to crop the top sand off. tell me the babes arent left to die Sad
take care,lesleySmile
tigertimb 9 40 66 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2009 9:25PM
Lovely portrait Dave; I agree with Moira about the composition with a great touch of sunlight and detail too
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
8 Dec 2009 4:04AM
Wonderful image Dave. Too bad he is in the mud with that lovely white seal fur...........Sandy
Ray42 9 3 England
8 Dec 2009 6:36AM
Great shot - good light and detail
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
8 Dec 2009 3:47PM
Lovely lighting, and he's posed very nicely for you too, Phil! Excellent capture.
TrevB Smile
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2009 7:08PM
awww they are so cute, a lovely capture

dweezil 9 1 England
8 Dec 2009 9:30PM
Lovely capture Dave,hope you are well
KBan 12 501 4 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2009 10:04PM
lovely detail here Dave, would love to pay a visit.

A cracking shot Dave happy to make it 30.
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2009 11:25PM
Oh, lovely little soul - what a great expression in its face. Superb image,
Pegon 12 78 1 England
8 Dec 2009 11:49PM
A lovely capture Dave, nice light.
Hope you and the family are all keeping well. I hope it's not too long before we have a meet-up again.
Take Care.
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
10 Dec 2009 11:42AM
excellent shot.
dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2009 7:07PM
nicely captured
OMG 9 51 2 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2009 1:14AM
I am still sad that I wasn't with you! Lovely shot but I agree with Lesley and think it would be better balanced with the top sand cropped.
Glyn1 8 4 1 England
13 Dec 2009 2:07PM
lovely shot Dave,

Good to meet you too, I enjoyed this morning even though it was a slow start.

If I dont see you before Have a Very Merry Xmas & a Healthy Prosperous New Year.

13 Dec 2009 2:34PM
A cracking shot Dave, lovely detail and light here,
6 Jan 2010 6:20PM
I would have like to see a wide angle shot of this to complement the mood more. As a whole it seems static which should complement the mood but then it comes down to a need for some impact. The turning of the head to camera left works well to resist the typical flow and holds on to the viewers natural reaction. The color seems to work less here, where I would have went with a BW treatment for better contrast without using a curves adjustment. The static placement of the head is good, however I would have like to see a second focal point, like a group of seals, in the composition that would help clarify the story if you had no chance of getting more negative space. Sams critique is really right on here

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