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Deers, Birds, even more Sheep, but no Little Owls

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I was up before sunrise on Sunday as the weather forecast looked promising and decided to go off in search of some Little Owls.

There are a couple of locations that I’m aware of inside the grounds of Calke Abbey in Staffordshire, however, no matter how far I walked, how long I waited and how much time I strained my eyes through binoculars, they decided to not to show themselves.

However, all was not lost as I could clearly hear the Red and Fallow Deer Stags bellowing across the entire estate so I made my way to the enclosure to capture the following photos.

{Click image for a higher resolution, click Flickr Link in caption to view photo on Flickr}

Red Deer Stag Bellowing
Red Deer Stag Bellowing – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO800, 1/250sec – {Flickr Link}

Fallow Deer Stag Bellowing
Fallow Deer Stag Bellowing – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO800, 1/250sec – {Flickr Link}
Red Deer Stag
Red Deer Stag – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO1100, 1/250sec – {Flickr Link}
Young Fallow Stag Scent Marking
Fallow Deer Stag Scent Marking – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/4.5, ISO1100, 1/250sec – {Flickr Link}
Who's Following Me?
Young Fallow Deer – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/5.6, ISO640, 1/250sec – {Flickr Link}
Young Fallow Stags Battling
Young Fallow Stags Battling – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/4.5, ISO1400, 1/250sec – {Flickr Link}


My quest continued to find some Little Owls, without luck, so I took a few minutes in the Bird Hide in the main car park

Feed Me!
Greenfich Parent Feeding her Young – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO1250, 1/640sec – {Flickr Link}
Goldfinch
Goldfinch – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO1000, 1/640sec – {Flickr Link}
Male Greenfinch
Male Greenfinch – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO560, 1/320sec
Goldfinch
Goldfinch – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO500, 1/320sec – {Flickr Link}
Blue Tit
Bluetit – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO640, 1/320sec- {Flickr Link}
Waiting Patiently
Pigeon waiting under a birdfeeder – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO560, 1/320sec
Female Greenfinch
Female Greenfinch – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO500, 1/320sec – {Flickr Link}
Male Greenfinch
Male Greenfinch – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO640, 1/320sec – {Flickr Link}


On my final search, I came across this guy chilling in the woods

Resting Sheep
Just Chilling – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/8, ISO3600, 1/640sec – {Flickr Link}

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