Hanneke and I spent the last few days of October in the UK with the plan of photographing Red Deer during the height of the annual rutting season. On the way back to the ferry, we would visit the seal colony at Donna Nook along the Lincolnshire coast.

We spent three days with the Red Deer. Weather was what you’d typically expect from the UK: grey. On three consecutive early mornings, the sun lost the battle against the clouds. Fortunately, we got a few minutes of nice warm sunlight at the end of the days.

Because of the relatively high temperatures, the rutting season was not as frenetic as you’d expect (and hope). So not a lot of roaring, fighting and mating going on, but enough for a very enjoyable three days. The seal colony was a completely different story. We were blessed with wonderful afternoon light and a very nice sunset. And although we were way too early in the season, there were already a few of the adorable white newborn ‘weaners’. With the hundreds of (Common and Grey) seals around, it was not easy to concentrate on a specific photo or isolate an individual. I got some results that I am happy with, but it is the experience of being a witness of such a spectacle of nature that is the ultimate reward for undertaking a trip like this.

Grey Seal pup; Canon 1D mark III with 500/4 L IS. 1/200s at F4 and ISO400. Lensfoot on damp beach as tripod.


  • Wat een ontmoetingen en avontuur weer!

    En natuurlijk nogmaals gefeliciteerd met je 2e plaats in de NWF photo competition!

  • Was very nice to meet you and Hanneke yesterday. I am glad you had some success at Donna Nook as Bradgate was rather disappointing. I think the rut this year has finished before it even got started!

    Have had a look at your website. Some beautiful images indeed. Hope to meet you both again in the future.

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