It finally came around that that time of year again. Time to go and see the seals! It’s great to be able to check on them to see how everything is going. This is our fifth year visiting them and everything is looking great this year.
When grey seal pups are born they have white fur. They look at you with big wide eyes and would happily approach you if you let them. I never let them get too close! They look playful too!
As they get a little older, they are bolder are more cheeky and look at the teeth!
Then after this, they start losing their fur. I call this “having a bad hair day”
Here’s an adult female swimming in the sea
And here’s a bull
I almost felt like the bull recognised us and I wondered if we had seen it as a pup a few years ago.
I also got a few playful photographs between the bull and female. I think it was a mating ritual
The bull definitely looks happy here!
I have a long zoom lens, so wasn’t standing too close to the seals. I respect that they need their own space and just love to watch them in their natural environment. I hope you have enjoyed the blog. It’s great to be able to share our experiences.
We had our new Leki anti-shock walking poles and were ready for a walk along the beach!
We walked about two miles. The tide was fully in, so it was quite hard going, walking on the large stones. The walking poles were absolutely fantastic and helped a great deal. There were a few seals relaxing on the rocks, but we could see many more in the distance!
We gradually got closer and closer. The seals were curious and didn’t seem bothered by us being there. A few of them went to go back into the sea, but then decided to stay put! There was a mix of grey seals and common seals.
I took this group photo and the grey seals seemed happy to pose. I couldn’t help but wonder if I had seen some of these grey seals when they were pups. They just seemed so relaxed.
Below is an arty shot of one of the grey seals
Below is a common seal. It seemed really relaxed as well.
Photographing seals is such a rewarding experience. To be able to be close to wildlife is amazing. I never get too close though and respect their space.
George took this photograph of me photographing the seals. I’m wearing my Lowepro Slingshot backpack, which is fantastic for carrying my camera in. Can also fit my lunch in there too!
I hope you have enjoyed the blog! :D
It has been another busy week, all good though :)
Yesterday we went out for a 4 mile walk and did a spot of gold panning. The weather was beautiful, warm and sunny. Then we got back and drove down to Inverness to pick up some dining room chairs. I managed to find some lovely chairs to go with the table I had previously purchased.
I did a lot of housey things today. I have been meaning to cut the grass for a while, but it is always wet when I go to do it. So this morning I looked out of the window and saw some sheep wandering outside the front of the house and then I looked out the back, the sheep had taken a wrong turn and ended up in my back garden, it was rather amusing as they were having a nibble on the grass! They didn’t stay long though.
It is only a few weeks now until the seals and seal pups start appearing on the beaches, so that is something to look forward to.
Thought I’d post a couple of piccies as below:
Happy with the new dining room chairs:
The sheep in my back garden, very amusing!
Some boats on the Loch:
Red life guard ring:
Not long until the seal pups start reappearing, can’t wait!
Just a quick little blog this evening.
Last week we went for a walk down the beach to see if we could see any seals.
We could see some black dots in the distance and as we got closer and closer, we could see they were seals.
We had to walk very slowly as we didn’t want to scare the seals. We managed to get fairly close to the seals and I took a few photographs as below. Another great trip out!