Seal Pups Norfolk

We went on a family trip to visit the Grey Seal Colony at Horsey Gap in Norfolk in December 2016. I was excited about visiting as it is one of the wildlife trips I have always wanted to do over the last few years. November to February is breeding season and one of the best times to see the seal pups. Each year the Grey Seals go to Horsey Gap to breed, it is one of the mainland breeding sites. Grey Seals are one of the largest mammals and half the world's population of seals live in the UK. The seal pup normally stays with their mum for the first 3 weeks during the weaning period when they feed on milk from their mums. After the weaning the mum will leave the pup. When they are born their coats are white and fluffy and not waterproof until the moulting stage. After a few weeks the pups will moult and their coat changes to waterproof, after it has finished moulting the seal pups will start going to sea and feeding for themselves.

Horsey Gap is a lovely place to visit for wildlife photography and watching Grey Seals and their pups in their natural habitat. If you are a photographer visiting the seals for the first time, I would recommend a telephoto lens or prime one to help you get closer to them from the viewing areas. I used my Nikon D300s camera and Nikon 80-400mm lens to photograph the seal pups. I really enjoyed watching them especially when they were rolling over in the sand.

Below are a few of my favourite photos