Seal Pups.


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Sorting through some old photographs I came across these seal pup pictures. Taken a number of years ago in Northumberland. The top pictures shows a younger animal, the bottom two pictures are of an older pup who I stumbled across in a pool and I think it would have bitten  my leg if I had not moved off quickly!  These are Common Seals identified by their V shaped nostrils. In UK waters only Common Seals and Grey Seals breed. The pups of both species are fed for up to four weeks by their mother’s  during this time they can more than double their body weight. Their mothers then abandon them to fend for themselves.

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A spot on the coast.


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A Solent buoy.  The buoy stays anchored on its chain going up and down with the tide. When it is a “good” low tide you can walk out past it. Last year it was red it has now faded to pink. The local sailing club use it for a race turn point, but today a tern is using for a perch.

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A joy on the shore.


fsmily.jpgI have not seen Sanderlings down at Titchfield Haven  for some time and if you follow my post you will recall my pictures  of these skittish little waders.  Today I spotted 3 birds  down on the tide line. The sun was behind them so I could not get a clear view but I was able to sneak up fairly close on the other side of them to take some pictures.

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Since I had last seen these birds they have changed from their very white winter colours to their summer plumage. See link above for one of my winter Sanderling posts.

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The waders were quite happy with me getting close enough to take some  pictures. I sat down on a rock and the birds came in closer to me.Two of the birds where darker brown and I think these were males and the lighter bird a female .

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My Post.


This Lesser black-backed gull decided to sit on this pole near the Blackheaded Gull’s nest site. He was soon chased off.

Slightly smaller than a herring gull, and larger than the Blackheaded Gull,  the Lesser black-backed gull is found only in Europe. The species is on the Amber list. The UK is home to 40 per cent of the European population.

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Stranded.


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Known by many names –  Lesser-Spotted Dogfish, Small-Spotted Dogfish, Small-spotted Catshark, Rockfish. This 3 feet long fish was caught out by the low tide tide and had settled down in the wet sand to wait for the tide to come in. I returned him to the sea and watched him swim away.

 

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