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.

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

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Red Deer Rut at Chasewater

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It was still dark when I left the house this morning, just a short drive to Chasewater in Staffordshire to see if I could find any Red Deer. It’s Rutting Season, so hoped to get some views of testosterone fuelled Stags.

Couldn’t believe my luck! As soon as I started to walk along a path through the heath area the well known large Stag appeared in front of me. I followed him for a while and even accidentally got within a few feet, luckily with a fence separating us. I stalked him for a while and could see a great shot through the trees with the sun lighting just one of his eyes so quickly grabbed a snap.

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Eye Light
Eye Light – D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 500mm, f/6.3, ISO1400, 1/125sec – {Flickr Link}

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