Autumn is a beautiful time of year and this year the colours are exceptional! It has been dry and mild, so we decided on a trip to Bushey Park to get some shots of the Deer Rutting. We needed to get there early to get the best light and action, so I set my alarm for 4.30.
We arrived at 7 am just as they were opening the gates and as you can see it was just getting light and there was quite a bit of mist, but I think this adds to the atmosphere, this fine fellow was bellowing to show who was the boss.
Another stag answered the air was full of their bellowing. These are Red Deer and Bushey Park is one of the Royal parks close to the Thames and a few miles from the centre of London. As it got lighter the Autumnal colouring begins to show it’s self such a beautiful place.
The idea is to make themselves look as big and as fearce as possible so they decorate their antlers with the bracken. This is just the begining these are just young buck vieing with each other and practicing for when they are big enough to tackle the ‘Leader of the pack’
They clash horns and also wallow in the mud hole, perhaps this makes them more attractive to the girls!
But there is a genteler side here is a Fallow deer having a bit of attention from some Jackdaws.
The young does herd together and gossip about the boys antics
And some stags just sit quietly and bide their time!
Isn’t nature wonderful? I feel so privaledged to be able to visit this place, even though it isn’t completley in the wild they are not in captivity either.
I hope you enjoyed our visit to the park today if you did watch this space I have been out looking for a ‘Funguy’ ******** coming soon
Stay well and happy