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Grey seal pup



Around half of the world's population of grey seals are found around Britain, therefore their protection is of international conservation importance. The scient...
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Around half of the world's population of grey seals are found around Britain, therefore their protection is of international conservation importance. The scientific name Halichoerus grypus means "Hook-nosed Sea Pig"! It is one of our largest mammals but is still vulnerable to disturbance during the pupping season. Grey seals come ashore to breed - the breeding site is known as a rookery or haul-out. The females (cows) arrive at the breeding sites first and will usually give birth a day later. As mammals they feed their pups on their milk for three weeks, keeping a close territory.When the males (bulls) arrive they compete for space nearest to the cows. The fittest bulls get the best positions for mating. If pups get disturbed they may move into a bull’s (or other cow’s) territory, where they could get injured or even killed.After the pup is weaned (approximately three weeks) the mother will leave. Over the next few weeks the pup will moult its soft white coat for a mottled waterproof one; it will not feed during this time and relies on the fat it built up by feeding (undisturbed) from its mother earlier on. When it gets hungry enough it will make its way to the sea where it will learn to feed itself
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AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta March 31, 2015
Wonderful shot. Congratulations on being Featured.
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bazzaboy09 April 01, 2015
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ircacaplikas March 31, 2015
outstanding !
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bazzaboy09 April 01, 2015
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RhondaMcD March 31, 2015
Beautiful capture and use of light. Congratulations.
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davidrelph March 31, 2015
Wonderful image
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catini March 31, 2015
Great DOF, congrats on your feature!
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Remraf March 31, 2015
Great shot!
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bazzaboy09 April 01, 2015
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VictoriaKF March 31, 2015
Great capture! Love seals. =) Congrats!
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bazzaboy09 April 01, 2015
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isstoossay March 31, 2015
Love the look of contentment as he's basking in the sun. Well done!
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bazzaboy09 April 01, 2015
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chuckrickman March 31, 2015
Truly wonderful capture. Congrats on being featured.
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bazzaboy09 April 01, 2015
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barbarabrock March 31, 2015
It would be beyond thrilling to capture a shot like this!
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bazzaboy09 April 01, 2015
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kathyk_abq March 31, 2015
Wonderful! Congrats on being featured!
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bazzaboy09 April 01, 2015
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iceman2 March 31, 2015
Beautiful shot!Congrats
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bazzaboy09 April 01, 2015
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Q-Vision March 31, 2015
Awesome! The selective focus works suits it. Well done.
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bazzaboy09 April 01, 2015
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julianmakaa April 12, 2015
Great shot! Congratulations!
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bazzaboy09 May 29, 2015
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julianmakaa April 12, 2015
Great shot! Congratulations!
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janland April 21, 2015
Wonderful capture and POV! Thanks for the interesting grey seal info! Congrats!
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JDLifeshots May 27, 2015
Great capture! Congrats.
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Elizabeth_H July 05, 2015
Adorable! Great shot!
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Mike_Ydea July 25, 2015
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Cobypix July 24, 2018
Wonderful light...thoroughly enjoy this image

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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken at one of the best places to see seal, Horsey beach
Time
The shot was taken around 2pm on a cold but one of the best photography days i ever had.
Lighting
The light was just fantastic. Coming from the right of me whilst laying on the sand, It was low and lit the seal and the background so well. A very lucky day with great light. every photographers dream.
Equipment
Used a 300 f2.8 and a 7d
Inspiration
Seeing these wonderful creature up close is one of my highlights of my photography life and just to get a shot of this seal against the blue of the sea being lit by the wonderful low winter light just needed to be has a print on my wall when i got back home.
Editing
Just a little brightness and contrast. and also sharpening
In my camera bag
7d and 300 f2.8
Feedback
To get this shot means getting your body to the floor and getting covered in sand, But all worth it to get this sort of shot. Also the light is important to light the whole scene and the sun being low just give that punch that would not be the same if the sun was high in the sky.

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