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Old Nov 15, 2012, 8:14 PM   #1
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Default Harbor Seals aka Common Seals

Taken about 1/8 of a mile from where the White-winged Crossbills were.

The pictures were taken at the mouth of the Merrimack River. In the summer these Seals are threatened by Great White Sharks that feed on the seals (mostly on Cape Cod), and on occasion they do attack them here. The sand in the background of the second image is Plum Island in Newburyport, MA.

It was warm enough to cause heat aberration in the background of the images. Pictures were taken hand held and a slight 5 mph wind had come up along the coast.

All Images were taken @ 500mm with K-5 and Sigma 150-500mm lens.









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Old Nov 15, 2012, 9:33 PM   #2
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Lou, your images are hidden

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...It is better to burn a roll of film than curse the darkness. Equip. K30, Q7, DAL 55-300, DA 35 f2.4, DA 50 f1.8 DA 18-135, SMC-M 28 f3.5, SMC M 50 f1.4, Canon P&S S100 w/CHDK Beta, Panasonic DMC-GM5, Flickr:
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:35 PM   #3
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Thanks Hans. Unfortunately when the images are locked I still see them.

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Old Nov 16, 2012, 11:34 AM   #4
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2nd image still locked

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Old Nov 16, 2012, 11:38 AM   #5
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Nice shots Lou, looks like some of them were keeping an eye on you. You did a great job hand holding the 500

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Very nice shots Lou. (I also cannot see #2). I have seen seals along the Maine coast and in the Canadian Maritimes but never along the NH or Mass coast. Clearly, I need to spend more time along the coast in those states!
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Hans and Mtnman I hope that I have now successfully unlocked the 2nd image. It baffles me as to why it was so hard to unlock it. Thanks also for your nice comments.

Mtnman the trick to seeing the seals out of the water is to be sure it is low tide so that the rocks they hang out on are above the water line. If you are coming down this way and want to see them PM me and I will give you specific directions on where they like to go to sun themselves.

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Second image is now visible, and it's excellent! Thanks for the offer; I don't expect to be heading toward the coast any time soon, but I may be in Portsmouth for a day in March. Do the seals stick around all winter?
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Nice job holding by hand. Have the same lens, and rarely get a good shot if it isn't propped on my bean bag or tripod.
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Nice ones, Lou. Now that I have the TC I'll have to head back out there again some time.

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