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Red & Fallow Deer rutting at Raichmond Park

 
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Oct 27, 2009 09:08 |  #1

I finally found some time to meet up with some POTN friends to try and capture some photgraphs of the Red and Fallow deer rutting on Richmond Park.
a 7:30 (ish) start was the plan, and it was wise.
Whilst there wasn't loads of activity, I was fortunate to capture a few shots...


Initially we found a large herd of Red deer and slowly moved in around them and a 1.4 extender on the 400mm lens enabled some pics of mild nudging rather then rutting...


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This guy was clearly the 'Red Leader' and the colouring on his antlers suggested he has not had to fight much.


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As the red deer moved on we closed in to a herd of Fallow Deer, and after just a short wait the sound of clashing antlers was heard, and I ran around to see two large Stags in full fight!

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Oct 27, 2009 15:02 |  #2

Excellent captures.


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Oct 27, 2009 16:13 as a reply to  @ Cyclop's post |  #3

Nice captures. The guy on the left in pic 1 sure looks bored :p


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Oct 27, 2009 17:55 |  #4

Thanks.
Some of them did seem a little bored of it all, and certainly were not interested in fighting!


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Oct 28, 2009 14:09 as a reply to  @ Swaffs's post |  #5

Very well captured, take a look here (external link), this is one I got recently at Bushey Park, which is not far from Richmond.


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Oct 28, 2009 19:35 |  #6

Nice shots... Great sense of motion and violence in the last shot.


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