Just a few final images from Monday's visit to Bradgate. I was looking for different behaviour images and was intrigued by this Fallow Stag that repeatedly reached up to try and get at the foliage. The Jackdaws busy removing ticks etc from the Fallow deer were tolerated until they tried into the ears. The light was awful so Red Deer images not best quality but enjoyed watching the sparring etc.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
I paid a morning visit to Bradgate before returning home on Monday in very chilly and showery conditions. The river was full from all the recent rain and the autumn colours beautiful so a spent a bit of time with my Fuji compact capturing the flow of the water using the in built neutral density filter to give shutterspeeds of 1/60th (last image) down to 6.5secs (first image). The first two were with the camera on a rock but the rest handheld as the rain started and I needed to keep the lens protected. I can handhold at 1/8th but the 1/4 and 1/2 sec of some of these was a bit too slow.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Although most photographers go to Bradgate for the deer, especially in the autumn, there are plenty of birds to snap. Starting with the shyer species - Grey Heron, Buzzard, Jackdaw and Pied Wagtail. Jackdaws are born with blue-grey eyes. Their irises change to brown in the first winter and white once they gain their adult plumage. The Black Headed Gulls and Mallard ducks gave plenty of opportunities for 'action' shots as well as portraits.
Monday, October 26, 2020
Bradgate has some wonderful old trees, particularly ancient Oaks where you can see how the trees have responded to fungal destruction of the heart wood by putting on extra growth on the perimeter to produce a stable structure. Branches that have fallen remain alive as long as there is some connection to the roots. The oldest trees have been strapped and supported by metal structures. Mainly the trees are still green with a few trees showing beautiful autumn hues.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
The Fallow deer greatly outnumber the Red Deer and are my favourites with their beautiful markings. The Rut is in full swing with the young males fighting frequently, the dominant stag spending all his time parading and bellowing (or croaking in the Fallow's case). We found one young Stag busily digging the bracken and coming up wearily a magnificent 'hat'.