Saturday, 13 October 2012

More of the Red Deer................................................. @ Tatton Park Cheshire

The image below was taken by my friend using my little Casio point and shoot... it's a beautiful landscape.

The scene shows just how sprawling the deer park is at Tatton... and it's only a couple of miles from Manchester International Airport.

Red Deer stags of all ages were strutting their stuff... the males are sexually mature at 2 to 3 years of age but are usually over the age of 5 before achieving success.

Striking a pose for the camera.

A Royal Stag has twelve points or more on his antlers... this one was looking so confident...
...a magnificent beast.

A big boy... but probably not quite up to scratch when the rut starts...

... roaring loudly as he tries to make his presence felt.

These two will be hoping to attract at least a few of the ladies during this years rut.

It must be this autumns fashion... they toss the grass and rub their antlers against branches to keep them in tip top condition.

I've added this short video clip to show some of this behaviour...



...and you can also hear how close they are to the airport.

"Does my head look good in this"

My money is on this guy... the rut will start soon.
A shame due to my knee I may miss the best bits of this years action.

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46 comments:

DeniseinVA said...

Outstanding photos Andrew, what a magnificent animal. They really are very noble aren't they, especially the ones with the 'crown' :) Have a great weekend.

eileeninmd said...

Great shots, love the roaring captures. Cute capture of the grass hanging on their antlers.

Sandra said...

i say again these are just sooooo amazing to me. I have never seen a deer except in a zoo. and these are not like our deer here for sure.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I don't think I would ever grow tired watching these wonderful animals. Enjoyed the video.

ADRIAN said...

Great shots.
They collect vegetation on the antlers to make them look bigger.
I just pray they manage this herd or you are going to find some horrific images to film once they start the rut. It is a problem shooting deer in a public park.

Bob Bushell said...

That is a big guy, keep it on rutting. Brilliant photos.

rainfield61 said...

Your camera "talks" about the pictures so well.

Pat said...

Wow! Amazing shots here and in the previous post.

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful shots!

A wondering star said...

What a beautiful series of images!
Fantastic to be the photographer for these charming animals.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! These are just awesome shots of nature's beautiful creatures ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Marie said...

Oh wow! These are amazing photos and also video. I LOVE it that you were able to get such great shots! We were recently at the Mogollon Rim and so hoped we'd see elk, but we didn't...still, we could hear them bugling in the trees.

Anonymous said...

amazing stag photos

Liam said...

Amazing nature! :):)

TexWisGirl said...

their racks are magnificent! and i love the grass drapery. :)

Terri Buster said...

Awesome shots- they look ready for the rut!

Magia da Inês said...

♪彡♪♫°¸.•♫°`
Gostei das fotos e do vídeo.
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
♪♫♫°✿°`╮

Adam Jones said...

Great shots Andrew. The Rut is something I aim to capture this year. Just got to chose the park I go to.

Deanna said...

oh magnificent photos of such magnificent animals. Love that grass hanging on the antlers!!

Susan Scheid said...

The head-full-of-grass one is priceless.

Hilke Breder said...

Such magnificent animals! Beautiful shots!

Ivanhoe said...

These are such wonderful captures! Wow! Beautiful countryside, too.
Enjoy your Sunday!

Chubskulit Rose said...

He look so proud!

Hopping by from Camera Critters.

Dogs Territory
Have an enjoyable weekend!

Brian King said...

These are fantastic, Andrew! I really like the third and fourth photos. Magnificent stags! The countryside is beautiful.

Stewart M said...

Great set of shots - animals that big are always great to see!

Stewart M - Australia

Tricia Hays said...

Am i counting the points on that last buck correctly? Are there 20 points? They're all magnificent! WoW! Awesome shots =)

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful post, Andrew! I enjoyed the photos as well as the text. Well done!

ladyfi said...

Wow - fabulous shots of this magnificent creature!

holdingmoments said...

Excellent shots Andrew.

Gary said...

Really interesting series, Andrew. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Nancy Claeys said...

Amazing work Andrew. They look more like elk than deer -- gorgeous animals.

Marias Teater said...

Andrew, so nice to see you - it is very easy to loose each other in this blog-world. Everything is fine, we are travelling between Norway and Poland - and life is kind with us. I hope you can say the same - your images are great - "loudly roaring" especially. Lucky you, again!!

debra said...

absolutely stunning!

I like the funny ones too :)

Ahayes1225 said...

I love the grass in their antlers! Wonderful photos.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

We have them in our back yard and Moose also down the road, over the bush. I live in bear land also.All year round.

They can be dangerous. When they start snorting. Go fast.

They are very big and powerful.

I am a wee bit nervous for a walk.

I carry a stick alot that will do me.

Pantherka said...

Beautiful pictures!

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