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A nice day spent at the weekend in Richmond Park with fellow photographer Andy ‘Chester’ Brown amongst the Red Deer that are starting the annual ‘Rut’. The big stags have their fully developed antlers and boom and bark at each other as they establish their territory ready for breeding. Some walk through the foliage and gather as much of the fern on their antlers to make them look bigger and more threatening before charging at any rival stag that wanders across its path.
We got there before dawn and were surprised to see 3 urban foxes as wandering about around the streets near the entrance, no time for a photo! After parking up and walking past the lakes to a spot near some woodland, we soon saw some stags and got some shots backlit against the sun as they barked and bellowed. During the day we got some good shots of the stags parading with the foliage all over them, the only thing I couldn't get a clear shot of was an actual attack as they all happend in the fern so obscured from view, maybe next time!
This is a fantastic site to see and hear, well worth the trip.