Welcome to the first of what I hope will be many blogs throughout 2012 and beyond.
It was a quiet Christmas and New Year, but I still managed to get out and about a bit, mainly on the North Norfolk coast and mainly to walk off excess food and drink. No wonder this is the peak time for gym membership registrations!
I decided to take the 45min trip from Holt, where I was based for the Christmas Period, to Winterton-On-Sea to photograph the relatively large Grey Seal colony between Winteron and Horsey. The beach is a popular destination for walkers and their dogs, and despite some people’s views you can’t really deny someone the enjoyment of viewing this spectacle first hand. Some people may have been getting too close but on the whole I witnessed extremely good behaviour and very little disturbance. Adult females were quick to come to the protection of their pups and were constantly on alert, not just from the human and dog population but from amorous males.
An over amorous male Grey Seal is seen off by a female - Canon 1D4, Canon 500mm IS USM f/4 @ f/5, 1/1250sec, ISO 400 - © Andrew Sproule
It was great to witness a Grey Seal mother taking her pup for a swim. It wasn’t that keen but mum was there to reassure with a gentle pat on the head.
A female Grey Seal reassures her pup during a swimming lesson - Canon 1D4, Canon 500mm IS USM f/4 @ f/5.6, 1/640sec, ISO 640 - © Andrew Sproule
Grey Seal pup on the beach at Winterton-On-Sea - Canon 1D4, Canon 500mm IS USM f/4 @ f/5, 1/400sec, ISO 640 - © Andrew Sproule
Grey Seal pup on Winterton-On-Sea beach - Canon 1D4, Canon 500mm IS USM f/4 @ f/5, 1/400sec, ISO 640 - © Andrew Sproule
On the way back to the beach car park I was greeted by a wonderful sunset over Winterton’s All Saints Church.
The sun starts to go down over Winterton-On-Sea - Canon 1D4, Canon 15mm Fisheye f/2.8 @ f/8, 1/500sec, ISO 640 - © Andrew Sproule
The sun goes down over Winteron-On-Sea - Canon 1D4, Canon 24-105mm IS USM f/4 @ 105mm and f/16, 1/320 sec, ISO 200 - © Andrew Sproule
The sun goes down over Winterton-On-Sea - Canon 1D4, Canon 24-105mm IS USM f/4 @ 105mm and f/11, 1/2500sec, ISO 200 - © Andrew Sproule