The Autumn in Richmond Park - Rut
I went to Richmond Park on four occasions this autumn to watch the spectacle of the Red Deer Rut. I wrote a detailed article on the rut which is published on the Guardian website. Link: http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/yoursay/schools/10016162.The_autumn_extravaganza_of_the_Red_Deer_rut/
Mornings consisted of waking up very early, when it was still dark outside and drinking a few cups of tea before trudging Richmond Park, to find the days photography subjects. On the first outing, It was mid-September. It was pre-rut; stags were bellowing and young stags were clashing antlers but there were still some hinds with calves alone in the forest. I then found a big Imperial stag who was very vocal, singing away attracting hinds. He didn’t have a harem but he certainly was trying to lure hinds to him. He wasn’t bothered by me so I took many photographs of him.
My next trip was in late September and I was expecting stags to be a lot more active but brilliantly they weren’t… I ended up photographing Fallow Deer and Red Deer hinds. At the end of the day I walked with a stag who was all cool with me. Then he found a hind and calf in the ferns. He got excited and his behaviour completely changed and he obviously wanted me to bugger off! On the third trip, I saw more photographers than deer that day. It was a fantastic morning – there was thick mist and a bright, orange sunrise!
To this point, each trip was a week apart but I then didn’t get the chance to visit for nearly 3 weeks. So I probably missed the peak of the rut but I still got to see a lot – more than last year. So I was a happy kid. On the last trip, I saw Gadwall for the first time! To photograph the Male Gadwall (photo below) I was lying on the floor with my camera cm’s over the water. Then an elderly woman came and asked me what I was doing. I replied, explaining how the best photos are taking at eye level. Then she told me from a distance she thought I was dead! As stags weren’t very active, I photographed a Red Deer calf, various mushroom and some Fallow bucks munching on chestnut.
To conclude, I’m please with the encounters I had and with the photographs I took, so in all a good rut. This year was my first proper rut, so as said before I’m a happy kid. Don’t forget to read my article! Link above. Thanks for reading!
Absolutely stunning photographs Danielle!!!
These would do fantastically in the portfolio section of a photo competiton!
Exceedingly well done!
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