Sunday, 29 June 2008
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
It is estimated that there is as many as 82,550 breeding adults in the U.K. at this time of year. The canal where these pictures are taken as many breeding pairs, but it seems that one dominant pair take over the rearing of the young while others help out.
Safety in numbers perhaps
Monday, 23 June 2008
As their name suggests, these are the most widespread of pinnipeds.
Common seals vary in colour from black, brown, grey or tan, with darker patches. The pattern is unique to the individual. They have a relatively large head with a short body and flippers. They are opportunistic feeders and hunt fish, molluscs and crustaceans. They make short regular dives, usually to less than 100m.
We had some stiff competition whilst fishing, this seal knew an easy meal was to be had by waiting for the fish to bite. As soon as we started to wheel in the line down it would dive, I quick tug and the link went slack.. another catch lost. We think it had around 15 fish from us all.. which for me was a small price to pay to see this beauty. I've been asked about the fish around these shores, it actually depends on the time of year.. but we tend to go down for the Mackerel and the Dogfish... but make good eating.
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Sunday, 15 June 2008
Saturday, 14 June 2008
The nest is cup shaped and made by the female from moss, wool, dead leaves, and even cobwebs, and lined with down. Their clutch size is the largest among the tit family, laying typically 10 to 12 eggs. The eggs are laid at such a time that green caterpillars will be abundant when the chicks hatch. Second clutches are sometimes known.
The eggs are smooth and glossy, and white with purplish-red or reddish-brown spots. They are about 16 mm by 12 mm. The female incubates the eggs by herself. After the young hatch, they are fed by both parents.