Richmond Park Stag Rut 2009
October is here again and Autumn is in full swing as nature pulls out one of its last ace cards before the dark days of winter descend and yet again I find myself witness to the annual stag rut in Richmond park Surrey near London.
The scene is set for one of the most spectacular and active periods of animal behaviour in the seasonal calender of the Park as male stags compete for control of the female deer and try to create harems with which to mate .The event provides some primeval and stunning action that has remained unchanged since Time began and if you have a bit of seasonal mist can be a very memorable experience.
Armed with an Nikkor 300mm f2.8 and a 500mm f4 on a D200 body I followed the herd for a morning observing the behaviour as the hours passed watching for any clashes and unusual behaviour.The Stags can be quite reactionary and the slightest threat can send them charging off at a percieved threat so its wise to shoot from a distance and give them space,it surprises me no end that people are frequently letting lose dogs and children to chase them!!
It is a stunning way to spend the morning and you get a bit of exercise as well.Heres a selection of pics I took so please enjoy and maybe consider a visit yourself.
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All the best.
Pictures copyright Kerry Davies www.wabisabipix.com