Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Seals in Suffolk

I spent a book token on Blake Morrison's recent poetry collection, Shingle Street, and decided it was time to pay another visit to this windswept stretch of Suffolk coast by the mouth of the River Ore. It is highly regarded for its biodiversity.

As you can see, it is a place where the tide comes in and out in strange ways around the shingle.

There are plenty of unusual saltmarsh plants, many of them just beginning to re-grow after the winter.

I believe this is Biting Stonecrop, Sedum acre.

The seals, however, were the show-stealers as they rested on the shingle ridges ...

... or swam along the shore.

The gull seemed to be keeping an eye on this Common Seal.

There were stunning birds to watch, like this Redshank ...

... and the sound of birdsong from the air made us realise that spring has truly arrived. The vernal equinox has come and gone and clocks in the UK move forward this coming Saturday night, which is also Easter Eve.

We have enjoyed seeing the Meadow Pipits here before. Wonderful camouflage (above)!

There were a couple of Little Egrets, though I had to extend my zoom to get these record shots.

Look how 'fluffed up' this bird seems to be!

We wondered whether the tide would force the seal off its ridge. 

Through the strange and ever-changing light, we could make out the poignant shape of the Orfordness Lighthouse. The last keepers left in 1965, some five years after electrification. I remember its decommissioning back in 2013: it seemed a sad day. The structure we see dates from 1792, but who knows how much longer its stately tower will grace our shoreline.

Orford Ness in the background


Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Lovely shots! The nearest place to see seals to here is up at Donna Nook and Sutton on Sea, about 50 miles away sadly. My folks have seen them when they go out there, when they took me typically I didn't!

Amanda Peters said...

Lovely day out, I would have enjoyed being next to the sea. At first you would imagine there would be nothing much to see, but you have found some wonderful things. The seal is lovely.
Amanda xx

L. D. said...

All of the photos are so great to see. I like the water pattern in the background of the seagull. It looks like a place with ever changing things to see.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a wonderful place.
What a lovely day out.

All the best Jan

Ragged Robin said...

It looks a magical place to visit with some great wildlife. At times I wish I lived closer to the sea. Lovely shots of the seals. The poetry book sounds rather interesting :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the seals are cute. I also love the egret and gull. Great shots and post. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend! Happy Easter to you and your family.