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Blythman
Posted 30/11/2016 - 20:40 Link
Donna Nook has been on the to do list since I first got into wildlife photography 5 or 6 years ago. But it is a 400 mile round trip. Well I eventually went for it. Unfortunately, the missus isn't well, and just under 2 hours watching them was all we managed (I could have stayed all day). I'd must say, if your thinking about going, just do it. No need to check tides, anytime will do. But go before the end of December. By then they'll just about all be back out at sea. Anyway, a few pics.......

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Laugh a minute. Grey Seals by Alan Wennington, on Flickr

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Grey Seal pup. Feeding time by Alan Wennington, on Flickr

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Grey Seal cow reflecting on life by Alan Wennington, on Flickr

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Loved up Grey Seals by Alan Wennington, on Flickr

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Grey seal pup by Alan Wennington, on Flickr

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Grey Seal cow and pup by Alan Wennington, on Flickr

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Charging Bull Grey Seal by Alan Wennington, on Flickr
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wvbarnes
Posted 30/11/2016 - 20:58 Link
Lots of character in these Alan, I love the last one of the Bull grey.
K10D
Posted 30/11/2016 - 21:12 Link
Good work Alan. They have character and appeal.

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Posted 30/11/2016 - 21:15 Link
Great shots indeed alan
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davidwozhere
Posted 01/12/2016 - 04:23 Link
Super characterisation on all of them
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cabstar
Posted 01/12/2016 - 08:07 Link
Number three is fab, I need to get down to Donna Nook it's only 10 miles away for me. There has been over 3500 pups born this year.
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PeterE
Posted 01/12/2016 - 08:20 Link
Nice set Alan, it's been years since I managed a visit. Are you still allowed down to the shoreline? It was a bit of a trek if I remember correctly.
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Northgrain
Posted 01/12/2016 - 09:16 Link
Characteristically superb set - great studies.

We went for a walk around Donna Nook in the summer - and found it difficult to imagine what it must be like when the seals are in. How close to the parking spot do they get?
08tiger
Posted 01/12/2016 - 09:44 Link
Great nature shots Alan
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bwlchmawr
Posted 01/12/2016 - 10:45 Link
These are marvellous. Looks like a great place.
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Posted 01/12/2016 - 16:42 Link
Super set Alan... as been's said above, lovely character to these... have been a few times round that neck of the woods... quite a stretch of coastline...

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Stridey
Posted 01/12/2016 - 22:03 Link
Very impressive, Alan. Love the bull grey seal - would make a good caption competition !
Blythman
Posted 02/12/2016 - 09:22 Link
Much appreciate the comments folks. To answer a couple of questions. I understand its been requested that people keep away from the shoreline between October and December. Apparently their have previously been numerous cases of disturbance effecting their well being and breeding success. As to car parking I went straight to the overflow car park, which is privately owned. Just 2 for the day. Short walk through the dunes and the seals are right in front of you on the other side of a fence. At all distances. All my shots were with the DFA 150-450 on FF but I wish I'd taken the fisheye too.

If anyone is going, We left just after 12 on Sunday, by which time it was very busy. Best get there in the morning or on a weekday if possible.
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