Epping Forest - Stuck in a Rut

by Christian Moss October. 19, 2013 9398 views

Fallow deer of Epping Forest

I've spent quite a few hours in the forest trying to get a better buck shot than last year.

The mating season, or rut, starts in late September and peaks in mid October.

Fallow deer live in isolated groups in the forest. They range over large areas and spend only a short time in one area.

Both sexes live in single sex groups for most of the year, only getting together at the time of the rut.

Hornet

There are no really accurate estimates, but there must be tens of thousands of fallow deer in Britain.

End of days for this slow moving hornet.

Fungi

Who's stalking whom ?

These were my best efforts of 2013, fallow bucks are hard to find let alone photograph.

This is my best buck shot from last year.

Fallow deer are herbivores and graze all types of ground vegetation.

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David Cardona 7 years, 11 months ago

Precious beings and excellent shots!

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Inawe 7 years, 12 months ago

Fantastic shots.

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Sreekumar Marar 7 years, 12 months ago

These are animals that disappear at the blink of an eye on detecting human presence. Amazing that you managed so many beautiful shots!

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Grasshopper44 7 years, 12 months ago

Nice shots
I like them all
I think you can improve some of them, especially #11 with photoshop simply by bringing the deer closer
I really like the fungi

7 years, 12 months ago Edited
Mike 7 years, 12 months ago

Amazing set my friend looks like you had a great day in the forest

7 years, 12 months ago Edited
Roxanne 7 years, 12 months ago

seriously stoic creatures! they are all so alert and perky it is kind of amazing! well done!

7 years, 12 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 7 years, 12 months ago

A magnificent post - the stags look so handsome.
Such stately animals....

7 years, 12 months ago Edited
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