The Seals of September: Cape Cod

Birds sited: Black Skimmer, Greater Yellowlegs, Great Blue Heron, Laughing Gull, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Semipalmated Plover, Sanderling, American Crow, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Purple Finch, Carolina Wren, Eider Duck, Mallard Duck, Double Crested Cormorant
Mammals: Gray Seals

Gray Seal

Mid-September this Traveler was back on Cape Cod. This time first in Brewster and then in Orleans. I took a cruise out along the western edges of the islands forming Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. I've seen Gray seals before but only up on land or lying on rocks or way off surfing the waves off shore. This day afforded me the opportunity to watch them swimming underwater like aerialists spinning and twisting and then surfacing to look them right in the eyes.

Gray Seal

Gray Seal, whiskers up!

Gray Seal

Gray Seal

Young Laughing Gull carrying a stick around

Young Laughing Gull, oops dropped it!

Young Herring Gull

Ring-billed gull with Laughing Gull in background

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gulls

Ring-billed Gull with Laughing Gulls in background

Double-crested Cormorants

Cormorant with Herring Gulls and Black Skimmers

Greater Yellowlegs


Female Goldfinch

Mother Goldfinch feeding her three hungry offspring


  1. One of my most favorite animal is seals. I'm just sad that they are endangered and seeing them in zoos isn't great for me. They belong to the wild and can't be tamed as pet.

  2. I really love your photgraphy. Just keep up this good work.

  3. amazing photography! waiting for your next update :)

  4. My next post is coming soon. More Cape Cod and then hopefully some winter photos from Basel and Berlin!

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