Deer rut

The last time I visited Bradgate Park for the deer rut was 2010. Thirty years ago I would be there all by myself, but in 2010 there was about 30 photographers gathered pre-dawn by the small bridge over the river. This week I went along and judging by the numbers of vehicles in the car park an hour before sunrise I thought it would be even more crowded. However, when I reached the bridge there was nobody present, which was easily explained by the lack of deer in the field. This was for many years a favourite spot for deer and photographers.

I went off walking around the rest of the park and although there were plenty of photographers they were well spread out and I was able to photograph by myself mostly. The deer performed well and I enjoyed it more than I expected. I also enjoyed the fact that I was only carrying the lightweight Olympus MFT gear and not humping my heavy Canon gear around.

All taken with the Olympus EM1 Mk2 and a 300mm f4 lens.

Red deer, Cervus elaphus, single female backlit on ridge, Leciestershire, October 2017

Red deer, Cervus elaphus, single female backlit on ridge, Leciestershire, October 2017

Red deer, Cervus elaphus, single male on rocky outcrop, Leciestershire, October 2017

Red deer, Cervus elaphus, two males fighitng, Leciestershire, October 2017

Red deer, Cervus elaphus, single male, Leciestershire, October 2017

 

 

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About mikelane81

Wildlife Photographer

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