Telling the difference

Telling male and female grey seals apart is a little challenging to begin with. The best way to explain the difference is to show you a photo of them together. The bulls have distinct Roman noses, and just look like bulls. The more time you spend with them, the more you notice the differences.

Grey seals, male and female

Sometimes, you just know.

Grey seals mating

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Mr Grey Seal

Here’s Mr Grey Seal, one of the seals I didn’t manage to go and see this year. We would chat for ages and he’d come right into the shore. He was only about 10ft away when he posed for this shot.

Grey seal bull

Romans 8:31

Here’s a preview of another new print waiting to be uploaded. This photo was taken a couple of years back, on the shores of Loch Brora in Sutherland. The hill is Carroll Rock. It isn’t very often the waters of the lochs in the Highlands are flat calm, even rarer when the northern lights are dancing. This really is a once in a lifetime shot.

Loch Brora

Icy morning

Was up early, so thought I’d take a wander around the village with the camera, see if there was anything doing. It was cold. Had my Leki pole with me, kept me steady on the ice patches. Nothing really exciting going on, but I did manage this rather different shot of Lower Brora and added it to the stock library.

Brora in winter

Just woken up

Here’s another one from this evening’s work. This wee fella was asleep when I sat on the shore nearby. I was only about 20ft from him, perfect distance for 200mm. I’d forgotten about him, and was looking out to sea when he woke up. He must have been looking at me for quite some time before I realised he was awake. I guess I was the first human he’d ever seen, judging by the puzzled look. We chatted for about 10 minutes before I said my goodbyes. This was taken four years back. I wonder where he is now?

Grey seal pup