Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Deer Rut

I spent a couple of glorious hours on Sunday afternoon in Tattton Park, Cheshire. It's only a few miles from my home but is somewhere that gets visited infrequently. I should really make more use of it. However, this year I have made it my aim to photograph the deer during the rut.
Right now the male stags are strutting around trying to look mean. The herd that I focused on had one particular beast that clearly fancies his chances this year of being top dog. He was bellowing and chasing other males off while schmoozing up to the females. I didn't manage to see any antler locking or fighting but maybe I'll be lucky enough in the coming weeks. Here are some pictures to whet the appetite.

More of a playful slap down here.

A healthy looking stag, but he was not looking to take charge.


This is your man. He was up for a fight with any other male and very loud. 


Not sure if everyone heard me, so I'll bellow again.

Bad hair day.

A very good looking stag. Could be a contender this year.


30 comments:

  1. I spent some time at Woburn Deer rut on Wednesday it is awesome to experience (the sound of the bellowing and crashing of antlers in the dark is a little on the frightening side mind you).

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  2. Oops sorry, forgot to say, your pictures are brilliant as well :)

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  3. Great shots! Those are some impressive-looking antlers!

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  4. Really very impressive photos!
    Great if you have the opportunity to observe the animals so closely.
    Greetings from Germany
    Jutta

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  5. Awesome series on the deer. Looks like they really put on a good show.. Thank you for linking up to my critter party, have a happy weekend!

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  6. They're gorgeous critters...even if it WAS a bad hair day.

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  7. These are all absolutely stunning shots. Have a great weekend.

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  8. Super post and images Adam. The rut is definitely ramping up.

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  9. Excellent photos, and very funny Adam.

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  10. Good grief, these are amazing photos! it'd be hard to carry around a headache like that all day. Is it true that they lose their antlers each year? I've never seen even a photo before of deer standing. Wow!

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  11. These photos are fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed your commentary. Magnificent animals!

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  12. There's some serious business going on in these pics:) Would love to witness this event sometime down the road. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Fabulous photos! They're gorgeous animals.

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  14. Impressive animals there Adam. Impressive photos too

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  15. Wonderful images Adam... it really is a wonderful time of year.
    I hate fact work gets in the way.

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  16. how wonderful to witness such an event. Lovely shots. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. i'd say the males have a rough existence this time of year.

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  18. Amazing captures, the light in these images is spectacular!! What an exciting sighting, now I'm jealous!!

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  19. GORGEOUS stags and does! Love the profile shot with that enormous rack the best!

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  20. beautiful animals, great series of images.

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  21. Again these shots are awesome. I chuckled big time at the "Bad Hair Day" shot.

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  22. Great shots - I like the mud on the antlers ones.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  23. What fantastic captures these are, Adam! These are truly magnificent animals.

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  24. a great series of shots - a long time since I was in Lyme Park

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  25. Fortunately the human males are more discrete, lol !

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  26. Wow Adam...amazing series of the rut. I have never seen it, but we have a lot of white-tailed deer here and you have to watch when you are driving during this time of year.. Wow...Michelle

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  27. Wow, what amazing photos of the rut. Its always cool to hear the stags in autumn and those you have captured have spectacular antlers. Very interesting to see the does fighting.

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