|A lazy family day on the beach|
I could feel the tension easing as we got further and further away from the towns and got closer to the sea, we parked up and walked as far down the dunes as we could, we were more prepared this time... or rather Jaimie was!
The weather was much better than last time, and this time we knew exactly where to go.
This time however there were various Seal wardens about, as we walked along one of the wardens warned us to tread very carefully as many of the Pups had wriggled up into the dunes to shed their white downy baby fur.
I was delighted to get so close to these beautiful creatures, and I'm glad Jaimie had his camera because there were many magical moments.
|little one shedding it's pup fur|
The wardens told us they'd arrived earlier than usual and some of the earlier pups had been washed out to sea, however their head count on Saturday showed there to be 340 pups on the beach. An awesome and beautiful sight!
We spent the whole day watching them, the whole time they were just as aware we were there, the adults keeping a close eye on the young, chasing away other large males that didn't belong on their sections while keeping a close eye on the humans too.
The younger pups lay on the sunny beach under the watchful eye of many adults, while the older pups wriggled, played and rested amongst the sand dunes.
|I'll just lay here and look beautiful|
This Youngster was quite relaxed around the camera...
The beach was busy and noisier than you might think, as well as the pups crying out for their mothers, there was the battles for territory as well as more breeding, fighting and just general family squabbles
|I'd like your bit of beach please...|
These young pups were battling for prime position, Jaimie caught a brilliant series of photographs, I've added some, but even they don't capture the fun we had watching the one at the back try sneakily to steal the others sleeping spot.
He snuck up on her (I'm guessing male and female pups) and constantly hassled her until she tried to tell him off with a tired wave of her flipper. He was persistent though and never gave up, we spent quite some time sitting there laughing at their antics.
I'm happy to say she won her battle in the end with a stealthy wiggle and roll over!
By the time the sun was setting and we were walking back to the car, the pair of them had gone, all that arguing for nothing! Why does it remind me of my own offspring?
|how about if I shuffle in front?|
|eh? Excuse me, I was here first|
|It wasn't me!|
|Hah! I win!|
|ooh I'm in trouble now!|
|This calls for drastic action, rock & roll!|
If you should see them, give them plenty of space and please, keep your dogs on a lead.
They will get upset if people come too close, and the poor parents are busy enough without having humans to worry about too! :o)
|Pathway? Haha, No! Move along please....|