Two Hours on the River Dart

November 09, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Every year at this time we have to get our boat out of the river so we can relax during the winter storms.  Although it's a time of regret as we won't be sailing for another 6 months, we always love the slow motor up the river for the 7 mile trip to Totnes.  I always take a camera in case anything shows up and I particularly hoped that there would be some seals showing as they've seemed more abundant on the river this year.  We struck lucky almost straight away with a large bull on the visitor's pontoon and then found a rather scarred looking cow and what I took to be a large pup on the naval college pontoons a little further up.  The light was dire but I was pleased to have managed some pictures other than a blurry photo of a head just poking above the water which is all I usually manage.

Grey Seal Bull on River DartGrey seal - Halichoerus grypus Grey Seal Cow on River DartGrey seal - Halichoerus grypus Grey Seal Pup on River DartGrey seal - Halichoerus grypus

There were a few birds around too but the only one that was at all obliging was this oystercatcher landing on a pontoon near the seals.

Oystercatcher on the River DartOystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegus


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