Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Grey Seal: An Exercise in Cute

The young of any animal tend to cute but the young of the Grey Seal take this to a whole different level. It is not just how they look, with their big dark eyes and fluffy white fur, but also what they do and the way that they do it!.
From day one their aim is to bulk up and they are very, very good at bulking up! Minimal movement plus maximum food equals rapid weight, we are all aware of that, but the young seal pup is an expert. Apart from food, the only other thing on a seal pup's mind seems to be how best to get comfortable.
No wonder they are always smiling.
So brace yourselves for one big cutefest!








Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Grey Seal: An Instant Bond.

The connection between mother and child is not always straightforward and, with the Grey Seal, it doesn't last long. Here though, within seconds of entering its world, the calf is well aware of who mum is. We saw evidence of this connection on many occasions during the brief time we had watching the seals but the sight of it is always very special.





The Grey Seal

We have a couple of Grey Seals that frequent our little part of the world, but last weekend I went to the Lincolnshire coast to get a closer look at these incredible creatures.
I was accompanied by my brother, a chap who I don't see often enough and whose knowledge of wildlife I can only aspire to.
There was no skill involved in finding the seals, this is a well known place and at this time of year it can be very busy, but this is a special place to be. With the unexpected and eerie sounds of pup, cow and bull filling the air from before Sunrise, the sight of literally hundreds of individuals and the chance to get so close to a wild animal really cannot be underestimated.







Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Changeable Weather Conditions

It is difficult to get out with the camera when the nights draw in and the weather is far too complicated. The dogs still need to be walked though and even if I can't get out on my own I am out with them. I don't mind walking in the rain, if fact I quite like it, the problem is the camera and the fact that I don't ever like to leave it at home.
This weekend the weather was as changeable as ever but I managed a few shots. Fingers crossed for some
Peveril Point

Durlston Bay

Old Harry

Swanage Bay
sunshine..

Saturday, 15 November 2014

PURBECK, Issue 7

I am quite chuffed with this, it is issue 7 of PURBECK magazine and it has no less than five pages of my photographs. I think it looks great and it shows my photos off beautifully.



Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Focus on the Purbeck Roe

The Purbeck Roe Deer is special! They are a lot less common than our Sika and are wonderful to see at any time of year. I can and do spend far too long with these creatures and always keep an eye out when I'm wandering. In my mind, there is no finer animal.








Monday, 10 November 2014

Red & White Deer

We do not see Red Deer on the Isle of Purbeck and the Fallow is a very rare visitor, although I have seen them here on a couple of occasions.
Seeing deer is always special and finding a big white buck, even more so!
Today I have seen four of our six species of wild deer and that is never a bad thing.
Red Deer

Red Deer

Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer