Friday, 3 October 2014

Rutting Time in the Park.


It's that time of the year when things get noisy in Bushy Park with Red Deer stags emitting their deep, loud bellowing roars; proclaiming their fitness by responding to their rivals calls.

From the size of his rack and the number of tines I'm guessing this is one of the more mature stags in the herd and probably at least eight years old.

Nearby a Grey Squirrel popped out of hiding to see what all the commotion was about!

 Every now and again he trotted off to try and round up another wayward hind.

Checking to make sure that none of his ladies have wandered away. I counted about 20 hinds in this group, a couple still with their fawns in tow, so he will have his work cut out over the coming days as other stags try to poach some of his harem.
 
I have more images from this session to share in a forthcoming post but for now its time for him to take a rest. Wishing you a glorious wildlife watching weekend, wherever you are.  FAB.

Linking to Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.

21 comments:

  1. i can't imagine just bicycling or walking past these guys (and their gals) during rutting season!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Theresa it is relatively safe as they are quite used to humans wandering around and anyway their minds are on something else at this time.

      Delete
  2. Well, no wonder he's tired, Frank!!!! All that bellowing, chasing and watching would make my one tired. It is a little scary though to see people so close, don't you think?...:)JP

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. JP ... At one stage I was only 15 feet away from him, trying to hide by a tree, but I was totally ignored thank goodness. The heartbeat rose a little ..lol.

      Delete
  3. I appreciate these images. I have yet to witness any rutting but heard it is quite noisy. These are beautiful to look at and love that cute wee squirrel.

    ReplyDelete
  4. What fabulous shots! Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow these are awesome. They look a lot like Elk but I'm gathering they are not Elk but a different, larger size Deer than what I've seen here.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Spectacular shots! Quite the handsome stag!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Incredible!!!.. Beautiful pics of these creatures. Near to the city.. Fine!!!.. ;-)))

    ReplyDelete
  8. These are stunning shots and something I would like to see in person. He seems to be doing a good job. Have a great weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Very cool sight to see. The second shot is just awesome. And I love the shot with the ladies.. Wonderful series of photos and a great post. Thank you for linking up, have a happy weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hij is wel heel stour met zoveel dames om hem heen.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Loved your photos. The last one, napping, so cool

    ReplyDelete
  12. Amazing how this bull gathers up his ladies like that. It would be interesting to see the competition step and and challenge him. Pam

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow! Awesome photography of the critters in the park ~ appear to be deer and that sweet little squirrel shot!

    Happy Weekend
    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Gorgeous! How wonderful to have these deer come out in the open for you to enjoy. That male is so stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  15. He's very handsome! He's going to be very busy with so many ladies to look after.

    ReplyDelete
  16. It's nice to watch these gorgeous creatures ! Great shots !
    Greetings

    ReplyDelete
  17. Superb captures Frank. Just got back from Isle of Mull where the Red Deer are starting to rut though didn't get as close as this!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Stunning images Frank. Just simply fantastic. If I I could get a few just like these I would have a ball. Carol

    ReplyDelete

I hope you enjoyed your visit and I always appreciate your comments and feedback.

If 'Word Verification' shows up then it's a Google glitch. Just ignore it and click 'publish' as usual.

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails