It is not very many years ago that the colony of Grey Seals at Horsey in north-east Norfolk was a well-kept secret. The breeding site was still not commonly known when I included it in my book 52 Wildlife Weekends, back in 2013. Nowadays, it is firmly on East Anglia's winter tourist path. By end December 2016, 1,384 seals had been born here this winter. I suspect the New Years Day human visitor numbers were more than that.
Not being one for crowds, I had avoided the area this season. But when Sharon suggested she wanted a birthday walk there, I could hardly refuse. We only saw a dozen or so seals, a couple of youngsters posing for quick pics. Cute.