Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Grey Seal Spectacle on the Lincolnshire East Coast

Its been a while since I posted anything on here so thought I would finally get chance today.

From October to December, on the east coast of Lincolnshire there is a beach called Donna Nook where you can have an amazing wildlife experience viewing a grey seal colony rookery.Around 1500 seal pups were born here last year.

 It is nearly always very cold with the wind blowing in off the North Sea and the military training goes on with jets flying over the colony without a hint of disturbance to the seals below.

Last week we spent a couple oh hours here before the cold, mixed with my arthritis got the better of me.
The highlight of the trip had to be arriving just as a cow had given birth.This is what the new arrival looked like after 10 minutes from birth.
More of the white furry characters that were dotted all over the windswept beach.
There were stories happening all over the beach, between cows & bulls, cows & cows or cows and their pups like this one.
Awww, please play mum.
Mmmm, its chewy.
Oi, get off me.....slap.
Oh, lay shut up and lat still and let me get some rest.
I love you really.

Cow fights occur when they get a bit too close to each others pups.
Suckling pup

Another fun event.
"Hey, Frank don't smile for the photographers"
"Eh, what did you say?"
"Aww Frank, too late, what did I just say?"
"Haha, Vera, what's ee like?"
Donna Nook is also a great place to do a spot of birdwatching.With flocks of lapwings, goldfinches, starlings, redshanks as well as shelducks, wagtails & various gulls(have even seen a Glaucous Gull here previously), there is always something to see amongst the grey seals.

 I really do recommend a trip to Donna Nook during the late months to see one of Britains best wildlife events.
There, finally a new post :) Thanks very much for reading and for taking the time to look through the many photos.