Sunday, December 31, 2006

Iceland Gull & Common Seal

A calmer day today after yesterday's gales, I went down to Ayr to photograph the Iceland Gull. We parked at Ayr college and had a quick look for Goosanders on the River Ayr. While I was checking the gulls flying overhead, my dad spotted a Common Seal surfacing below the rapids. This is a fair way upriver from the sea (maybe a mile and a half from the outer harbour wall) and must be in completely freshwater. It started to bounce it's way ashore on the far bank. We thought it may have been sick but after we rushed over the bridge to the far shore it was soon back in the water after it saw us peering over the wall.

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