A weekend visit to Norfolk to take in the sights, one of which was a short visit to Horsey Gap for the Grey seals, as it is the start of the pupping season.
So after breakfast it was the short trip from Gt Yarmouth, a 20 min drive along the coastal road driving through a couple of villages all displaying autumnal colours, all helped with glorious sunshine. Arrived at 10.00 am, the carpark was getting very busy with visitors and photographers alike all hoping to see and capture the first sightings of the new arrivals, some of which are 3 days old. I only saw 6, as it is a bit early, my timing could have been better, never mind it was great to see what was on show if you want to see a lot more I suggest the middle of December.
With the Seal Wardens on hand, which guided you where you can and not go as access to the beach was off limits, this may be for some a daft idea, but we have to realise it is for the good of the pups, so they can get a good start to their lives.
With a short walk to the pill box on the dunes, followed by a shorter climb to the top of the dune we were greeted to wildlife at its best with small family groups with their latest of springs, mind you the pups were a bit distant from their mothers.
Armed with my 80-400 mm Nikon Zoom lens, I found this lens a bit short for what I could capture, it is recommended at least 500 mm upwards if you want full frame images, as the seals were a bit distant, had to crop most of the images in this blog, never mind I still managed to get reasonable results on the day. I for one may return in the new year, by then the pups will have lost their fur and some of them will have their weather proof coating on and possibly be gone out to sea, saying that it has been known that some of the pups will still be there.
I know I went a bit early this time, but all the same it was great to see the pups and their parents being undisturbed and watching nature at it’s best. Thanks to the Wardens at Horsey for their help and knowledge and keeping the public informed with whats going on, as well as protecting the seals by barring it all off, at least some of them can have a great start to life.