Denver-Audubon-award-winning-image-seal-KaleelZibe.com-smallHere’s my second Highly Commended image from the Audubon Society of Greater Denver’s Share The View competition!  It’s on today’s competition front page. The first Highly Commended image was a red deer stag (see below).

This young grey seal was lying contentedly on Longstone Island at Northumberland’s Farne Islands in winter 2012. I’d taken quite a few shots of the full face and body, but it seemed to me that one of the most important and interesting parts of a seal’s head is its whiskers, which are used to enhance sensory perception of their prey. This image concentrates on those fishing bristles.

The image was also shortlisted in 2013’s BWPA awards.

Whiskers

Whiskers

Red deer bellowing at dawn

Red deer bellowing at dawn during the rut