Came across this Grey Seal pup up against the dunes at Formby Point this morning - fit and healthy, but obviously separated from its mother (everyone say "awww").
No sign of any adults out in the shallows.
The pup seemed quite happy to doze at the sheltered entrance to a blowout, but the undeniably high cute factor, and those nippy teeth ain't a good combination when mixed with curious children or aggressive dogs, so it was unceremoniously bundled into a fish box, where it fell fast asleep.
Later it was collected and taken off to the RSPCA seal place down in Nantwich, where it'll be cared for before a safe release.
If only I had a Santa hat in the Land Rover, I could of got a great image for a cheesy xmas card....
Equally interesting were a pair of Ravens displaying over the frontal dunes between Victoria Road and Fisherman's Path, twisting and rolling in the air.
It'll be Raven nesting season soon.
There they are drifting away from me, a pleasant change from the usual Carrion Crows that patrol the sands these days.
A gander at the Sands Lake at lunchtime brought nothing out of the ordinary - 12 Shoveler in with the Mallard, but only a handful of Tufties.
This sub-adult LBB had an odd bill pattern though.
Can't remember seeing one quite that striking for a while?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...