Rutting Red Deer Photography

Red Deer at Woburn

I've always wanted to photograph Red Deer while they are Rutting and today I was lucky enough to make my first trip out to Woburn (in Bedfordshire) to experience first hand this amazing display. I was armed with my full camera gear (not knowing what I would need) and was kindly dropped off beside a footpath into the deer park before dawn had broken, and I headed off into what was one of the most amazing and if I'm honest frightening experiences of my life - Rutting Red Deer.

Rutting Red Deer


Walking between to heavy duty fences up towards the park in the near dark didn't quite prepare me for what it is like stood in an open field while you can hear bellowing stags all around you interspersed with the occasional crash of antlers, a sound that is much louder than you may expect as the echo from the thunderous clap reverberates around you, I will fully admit the first time it happened my heart skipped a beat.

As a virgin to this type of experience I was quite cagey at first always keeping an eye all around me as I wandered into the thick of it so to speak (I did give the animals a respectful amount of distance, but you can never be too careful, and in reality I only once felt threatened and that was when one Stag chased another away from his harem of hinds right towards me (they passed a safe distance in the end but I did step back a way just in case).

Anyway enough of my waffle, here are the best images of the day (a couple of videos to follow soon, probably tomorrow as well), I hope you like them all, please do let me know.

A few of the Early, sunrise shots:

Red Deer in Silhouette early in the morning (sunrise)
Red Deer in Silhouette early in the morning (sunrise)

Red Deer in Silhouette early in the morning (sunrise)
Red Deer in Silhouette early in the morning (sunrise)

Red Deer in Silhouette early in the morning (sunrise)
Red Deer in Silhouette early in the morning (sunrise)

Red Deer in Silhouette early in the morning (sunrise)
Red Deer in Silhouette early in the morning (sunrise)


Some Artistic Landscape/Red Deer shots:

Landscape of Red Deer
Landscape of Red Deer

Early morning mist and Red Deer
Early morning mist and Red Deer

Lots more Red Deer:

Female or Hind Red Deer
Female or Hind Red Deer

Red Deer Stag
Red Deer Stag

Red Deer Stag
Red Deer Stag

Red Deer Stag
Red Deer Stag

Red Deer Stag
Red Deer Stag

Red Deer Stag
Red Deer Stag

Red Deer Stag
Red Deer Stag

Red Deer Stag Bellowing
Red Deer Stag Bellowing

Red Deer Stags
Red Deer Stags

Red Deer Stag Bellowing
Red Deer Stag Bellowing

Red Deer Stag
Red Deer Stag

Red Deer Stag bellowing
Red Deer Stag bellowing

Bellowing stag Red Deer
Bellowing stag Red Deer

Protecting his harem stag Red Deer
Protecting his harem stag Red Deer

Bellowing stag Red Deer
Bellowing stag Red Deer

Bellowing stag Red Deer
Bellowing stag Red Deer

Stag Red Deer lying down
Stag Red Deer lying down

Stag Red Deer lying down and bellowing
Stag Red Deer lying down and bellowing

A Couple of Rutting panoramas (I didn't get many actual rutting photos):

A Practice Rut between two young males
A Practice Rut between two young males (they later started practicing "other"things with each other)

The Real Thing - Red Deer Rut (bit distant)
The Real Thing - Red Deer Rut (bit distant)

Some Sika:

Stag Sika Deer
Stag Sika Deer

Stag Sika Deer
Stag Sika Deer

Stag Sika Deer
Stag Sika Deer

A Muntjac:

Muntjac Deer
Muntjac Deer
Pere David's Deer:

Pere David's Deer
Pere David's Deer

And for my mum, a Black Squirrel:

Black Squirrel (a grey really genetic anomaly in the Woburn area).
Black Squirrel (a grey really genetic anomaly in the Woburn area).

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23 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning photographs! What an amazing experience that would have been! I lived in Banff, in the Rocky Mountains in Canada for a year when I was in my late teens. I was late for work one morning because of a rutting elk on my doorstep - a little too close for comfort! #UKbloggers

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    1. Being one on one with animals that large and with huge weapons strapped to their heads is a lot less comfortable than I would have thought (in a car they are great, outside the car it takes getting used to).

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  2. What beautiful photographs, what an amazing experience that would have been. :)

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    1. Thank you it was indeed an experience of a lifetime, I'm sure I'll do it again, but it will never be quite as thrilling as that first time I'm sure. May try Richmond park next time.

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  3. An excellent post with super images Ashley, especially the landscape views.
    I can fully appreciate your thrill of experiencing this for the first time. I have been following the activity in Bushy Park for some years and I still get a tingle every time I see these beautiful beasts in action. I haven't seen any clashes this month but the posturing is always fun to watch from a respectful distance.

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    1. Thank you, I really like the landscapes as well (something different I guess). I'm sure this won't be my last experience at the ruts, already itching to go back.

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  4. Lovely shots! Wonderful colours and magnificent subject.

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    1. When you have such photogenic creatures the photos are always going to look quite good :)

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  5. Wonderful photos. I also like your bird photos. What camera do you use for capturing birds? Wonderful clarity and detail!

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    1. Thank you, currently I'm using a Canon 70D (as of June - http://www.viewsfromanurbanlake.co.uk/2014/06/canon-eos-70d-review.html) before that it was a Canon 20D.

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  6. excellent work!!
    i love deer! and your blog/photography.
    happy weekend~

    visiting via the weekend link up.

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    1. Thank you, deer are amazing creatures (and much bigger up close than I thought lol).

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  7. Ashley, these are absolutely stunning photographs, so brilliantly captured. I particularly liked the sunrise shots and the one of the stag protecting his harem! Welcome to PoCoLo and thank you so much for linking :)

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    1. Thank you fo rth ekind words, and thank you for having me on PoCoLo

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  8. Oh wow Ashley these photos are stunning, such amazing shots. I went to Wollaton Hall last year on a school trip and forgot to take my phone, the deer's were amazing and I wanted to go back. You just reminded me I need to go visit now!! thanks for linking up to the #weekendbloghop :)

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. I hope your visit goes well it is a stunning sight to see.

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  9. What beautiful photos, you can just feel the atmosphere pouring from them. I've never been to Woburn but now I want to go and witness the rutting for myself. Absolutely gorgeous photography Ashley.

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    1. Thank you so much :) it is an experience I would really reccomend to everyone wonderful to see and hear.

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  10. Absolutely amazing pictures! I really love deer #brilliantblogposts

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    1. Thank you, they are a wonderful creature to see up close and in the wild.

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  11. Wow staggeringly beautiful shots there! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, beautiful animals make for beautiful photos.

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  12. Oh my goodness, a black squirrel? I had no idea such a thing existed!

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