KATE FOX - Wildlife Photographer

  • Grey Seals - Donna Nook, Lincolnshire

    Planning and persistence are the two fundamentals of a successful photographic expedition. The aim is to reduce the many elements that construe against you and then tough it out when all else fails. My trip to Donna Nook in Lincolnshire to photograph grey seals during their mating season is a perfect example.

    I expected it to be a challenging environment to photograph in and was not disappointed. I planned for wet and sandy conditions but all the wellies, waterproofs and dry bags in the world would not have been enough to get me through the incessant rain, 43 kmh winds, sub-zero equivalent temperatures and low-level sand storm. Fortunately I am blessed with bucket loads of bloody minded persistence and sat it out until minor hypothermia set in and my index finger would no longer depress the shutter release.

    The galling thing was that the seals were equally unimpressed with the meteorological conditions and point blank refused to mate. Apparently huddling up in a sand-storm is the way forward. Although my photos are lacking animation I always like to think of the positives. That being that the beach master bull seals were not even remotely interested in chasing me.

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