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The Mating Game

By MossyOak  
Just back from a very enjoyable weekend at Donna Nook with my wife Trish, and good friends Sylvia (Teocali), Ina (Gezina) and Graham(Gray-Ina) and this has to be one of my many favourites. The rugged and brutal mating between these pair of Grey Seals. I was trying to capture these great animals doing something this year rather than just laying there. Hopefully I succeeded with this full frame capture. Apologies for deleting the last image but on the sound advice of Brian (Bricurtis) it needed a little more contrast so back to the drawing board and here is the result.
Many thanks for the CC's on the last series upload of the Goldcrest.

Tags: Bull Cow Seals Donna nook Mating Grey seal Wildlife and nature

Voters: DerekL, malleader, WindowonWildlife and 23 more

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9 Dec 2012 5:41PM
An excellent action capture Richard and well worth the visit mate ! Ps... Give my best to Ina and Gray, not seen em in quite some time.

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9 Dec 2012 5:50PM
Super capture
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 5:50PM
Only just got in from footy, so couldn't tear the original upload to piecesWink

I would say, overall, that the subject matter, detail and D-O-F, are just about spot on RichardSmile

tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 5:56PM
You had better have it, before I get tempted to give it to another couple of well deserving images

Reason? A true capture of nature in the raw

MossyOak 4 22 15 England
9 Dec 2012 6:08PM
GrinGrinGrin Thanks Ade, a real pleasure to accept and you were missed, good pub, grub and company and oh the seals weren't bad either.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
9 Dec 2012 6:13PM
Mating? Looks like he is saying: hang on I can see a hole in that lh 3rd molar Smile
excellent shot .. perfect timing and all the rest.
super image Richard
great detail and depth
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 8:33PM
Great wildlife photo Richard, sounds like a great and fruitful trip
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
9 Dec 2012 8:57PM
A well captured moment - definitely more 'life' in this version Richard.
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
9 Dec 2012 9:45PM
Looks like it was a successful w/e Richard. Cracking good shot my friend.
michaelo Plus
10 11 1 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2012 11:21PM
super image Richard
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
10 Dec 2012 12:36AM
A very special true wildlife capture, Richard. Timed to perfection to illustrate a moment of tender interaction between these two lovely animals. Beautiful detail, skin textures and tones. Love the highlighting of the whiskers. A super weekend in great company and blessed with a whole day of sunshine!
10 Dec 2012 1:05PM
wonderful shot

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