We've had mixed weather on our Norfolk trip this year, compared to last year, but the sun shone for a jaunt to Blakeney Point to photograph the seal and tern colonies. I didn't get to Blakeney last year so we made a point of booking early with Beans Boat Trips ( http://www.beansboattrips.co.uk/ ) and getting a place reserved on the Sea Trout II two weeks in advance. I can't rate these guys highly enough, the knowledge, expertise and banter on the trip from the skipper and the guide are second to none. All for a tenner a head. There are both common and grey seals breeding on Blakeney, and the boats bring you right in to the shoreline where photography is very possible as they bask in the sun. A lot of the seals even come past the boats close, diving and splashing as they show off - an awesome sight! A few commons from my trip :
There are 4 kinds of tern on Blakeney point: common, sandwich, little & arctic. The sandwich terns make up the majority and have a massive nesting colony, making a right noise and passing overhead with eels and whitebait for their young. Mine were photographed from the boat, but you get dropped off on the point for an hour, and there are great views to be had from the beaches too. You'll also get good numbers of oystercatcher nesting on the shingle, and today we got some knot flocking and flying past.I concentrated on the sandwich terns as they were frequently passing us with food - and the common terns were closeby on the shoreline, and although common throughout the UK this time of year, their striking red beak against the black head and white body make a fine looking bird to photograph:
I would encourage anyone to visit Blakeney Point if they are in the area - the views are fantastic, the guides are knowledgeable and the prices very fair.
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Photographic adventures from from behind the DGPix Wildlife & Nature Photography lens!