Sadly the tree that i found last year that had the juvenile green woodpecker in was cut down sometime at the beginning of this year. I heard that they nest in the same tree every year, this tree was one of the best due to it being quite small. This allowed a near eye level view to the nest hole which made for some nice images. I have found other trees this year with great spotted woodpeckers nesting but they were all too high up so i never got any decent images.
This guy has started to show his true age, one of the very old stags ive photographed. Over the last few years his antlers have changed drastically, this year his anter growth seems to be taking a turn for the worse. There can be a few reasons for his antlers to grow like this, one of them can be age. It can also be because he may have damaged it during the growing period which will ultimately cause deformation. Genetics also play a big part in the way antlers grow. But personally i do think its because of how old he is. He's going to have a hard time during rutting season especially if he has any encounters with other large stags. The injuries he'll gain from clashing antlers with another will be catastrophic.
A fallow deer going into labour! This is my most rarest image ive ever been able to capture. Completely unexpected too! So here's the story: I didn't have any plans on photographing deer or anything in particular on this day, it was more of an open mind kind of day. Whatever shows up will be what i photograph. I saw some fallow deer in the bracken, i never go out of my way to photograph the fallow deer species because lets face it the Red deer are far more superior but for some reason i had decided to spend a few minutes with the fallow's. I took a few test shots to get my settings dialed in and after a few moments waiting for a good composition to arise i saw this female deer acting a little unusual, in a way that id never seen before. I had noticed this "sac" like object hanging from the deers backside, I've never seen anything like it before but with it being the time of the year that they give birth that could only mean one thing. She was beginning the process of giving birth by going into labour. The deer around her knew something was different, a few began to hang around her whilst sniffing her. The "sac" eventually popped and the fluids released. I waited patiently in the hopes to see a fawn be born, new life in front of my eyes. Time went by but still no fawn was born, she eventually went off deeper in the bracken so i left her be so she could get on with it. A very unusual experience but one that many will never have. Have you seen anything like this before?
"Just the eye" One of my favourite heron images taken a few years ago, the aim was to get just the eye in focus. With a combination of a close minimum focus distance and a long focal length you can produce some very shallow depth of field even at F/5.6 Why/how? Depth of field is relative to distance. The closer you are to the subject the more shallow the depth of field will be. On a side note be sure to look out for an upcoming deer post in a few days! Im sure most of you will not have seen anything like it before.. not in person anyway 😁
I haven't had many opportunities photographing deer when there is frost but i do love how the deer stand out so much more once the floor is frozen over & with the added "cooler" tone of colours 🦌
Red deer stag on a cold frosty morning 🦌🙂
Female Tufted duck. Im not sure about you but i really love photographing waterfowl when its cloudy. It means i have to overexpose the whites a little but i like having the bird on a clean white background with the added white water from the clouds above. Annoyingly most of the time the birds are near the trees so creating the white background/water isn't something always achievable. I guess it all comes down to positioning yourself in the right place and waiting until they move out and come closer.
First calf of the year takes a sniff on the growing bracken. With the mother nowhere in sight i took that as an opportunity to try and get a few images of the calf. If the mother would have been there it would have been a completely different story and outcome. It can be a very dangerous time of the year to photograph the deer. The mother's are super protective and will charge at you if they feel you are any harm to their little babies, Last week i saw a dog get trampled on by one of them. If you ever see a calf/fawn alone its best to leave it there and do not touch it. The mother knows where it is and will be back later. 🦌
Tongue out Tues.. oh wait it's Friday 😋 Have a great weekend guys! 🦌
As many of you will know by now i have been trying to photograph this fox over the last few weeks. It's been insanely hard to do so even though it lives in a populated area with human activity. I'd say it doesn't seem scared but will often run away. Sometimes for brief moments it'll stop in its tracks but that's rare. All of the times ive seen it, its always searching for something. Most likely food. This image reminds me of my dog, its cool to notice similar characteristics between the two animals and how much they can be alike.
Friday evening i decided to get back into photographing the deer again, I found this stag laying down in the wet grass and of course i joined along side of him. As you can probably already tell, the reason i chose to photograph this guy was because of the little leaves he had on his head. Im almost certain he didn't realise he had them on him. I waited absolutely ages for him to look at me but being the obedient stag he is he didn't want to turn his head. I positioned myself in the line of his body to greatly increase the chances of him to look my way but even that didn't have an effect 🦌
We could watch the sunrise together.. 💁♂️😌🌄 Couldn't have asked for a better sunrise.. Fog, mist, deer & the stunning sunrise colours. I'll admit the tree in this image annoys me slightly, I'd preferred it if it weren't there at all. I could of moved over a bit more but i didn't want to risk getting no images (missing the moment) so i settled for this. Still happy with the result though 😊
Can you guess why they're called tufted ducks? 🤗 Taken on a somewhat windy day, after spending a while photographing them the wind picked up just before i headed home. His wind swept tufted caught my eye, i found it quite hard to get a decent image so this was the only usable one i got and even then its not perfect.
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Take me back to 2018 the best year of my photography journey. Feels like ive completely fallen off the world this year. Truly miss mornings like these, honestly this is what im most looking forward to this year. I just wish it was that time of year again, waking up early, heading out and listening to these guys bellow in the mist along with a beautiful sunrise. It brings all of the other photographers out too something im not a fan off partly because alot of them all surround one stag all hoping to get 'that shot' but when you find a stag all by himself and its just you and him it makes things a little more special, a little more rewarding knowing you got an image no one else got.
Friday evening after work i headed out to the fox location, I spent around an hour and a half waiting for him to show up but decided to not wait any longer as i felt like i was wasting my time. Its quite a large dense area so the fox may have been in a different place to where i was, i dont fully know where it lives yet but anyway i decided to go to my rabbit spot and photograph them some more. I've been trying to photograph them standing up but they dont seem to stand up for very long so i can never change the focus point fast enough. I've since changed some camera button settings to make things a little faster so hopefully things work out 😁🐇
Im not sure if I have said this before or something similar but whenever i photograph a subject that im used to photographing i find im always using the same compositions and i rarely try anything new. I stick to what i know because, well that's what works best for me. So my new plan is to try and create completely unusual compositions. Some that wouldn't even make sense in the "photography world". For me when i photograph animals i try to include all of the animal. For example if im photographing deer id never cut the antlers out of the frame like in this image. My goal isn't really to take the best well thought out images, although i do like to achieve good images but my goal is to simply photograph animals. (Note: This is a cropped image, always respect the animal and dont stick lenses in their faces.)
Following footsteps. 🦌🦌 Anytime now these little guys will be popping up ready to be photographed! I haven't taken any deer images since around march time so it will be fun working with the deer species once again! Looking forward to it.