Clash of Antlers - Tatton Park

Dry but pleasant day despite a chill in the air so spent a couple of hours in our local Tatton Park to see the deer and anything else that happened to be around.     

Now that rutting season is at an end the deer are quite relaxed although some younger stags are getting a bit of rutting practice in before next season;   most photos are either not cropped and although I used the 5Dmkiii  full fame, 300mm x 1.4   I had to back up a few times to get the deer in frame.    The deer at Tatton are often inquisitive and used to people but I usually have Mike keeping watch when there is a herd of 400+    the deer will approach very closely at times but a little more safe now that the rut is at a close.    

I've put a couple of clips taken on the mobile up on Video thread so here are the photos of the deer and will include other birds we saw at the end.

Tatton Mansion

there were a couple of practice ruts going on when younger stags do a spot of play roll   -  nothing too serious 

ended amicably  ! 

always inqusitive animals  !

a Fallow Buck

and herd

Rooks were also on the park digging for worms ....

Red hind

unfortunately a dog off leash persisted in chasing the deer   :(    so the herd took off but remained in their stronghold group 

Push-pull toy fallow   !! 

to continue ………… rest of the pics

    

and the rest of the birds ………..

Jackdaw

Goldeneye

Tuftie

G.C.Grebe

Black-headed gull 

another G.C.Grebe preparing for Christmas already   !! 

someone lurking in the long grass and trying to keep a low profile   ……

spotted you …………

That's all folks !   

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Regards, Hazel 

"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Lovely shots, Hazel. We only ever see Roe's around here.

    My bird photos HERE

  • Lovely photos. Shots of "playful" fights must be a bit safer to do than when the full rut is on! Are you sure that isn't a Stealth Grebe in camouflage netting rather than a Great Festive Grebe? I understand it can difficult to tell them apart if the GFG hasn't turned its lights on.

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    Nige   Flickr

  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Thanks Paul and Nige,

    LOL Nige  !!   The festive Grebe did look strange with all the weed on it - just hope it doesn't plug in the lights whilst still in the water  LOL  

      btw, thanks for the "grapevine" Snow Buntings at Formby;   we're off to Rutland tomorrow and then on to Northamptonshire for a couple of days so if there are any SB's in N.W. I hope they hang around a bit longer !     

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    HAZY said:
    The festive Grebe did look strange with all the weed on it - just hope it doesn't plug in the lights whilst still in the water  LOL

    Don't worry, I'm sure they're immune to their own power supply, like electric eels Have a nice few days away.

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Very nice pictures Hazel.

    Jim

    My Pictures

  • Lovely set Hazel, looked a really good day. Some friends of ours have moved up that way, so hopefully we'll go visit, and get a couple of half days visiting your stomping ground! :o)
  • I like to see the young red deer chancing their arms (antlers) when all is safe now - hopefully. Lovely pics of the BH Gulls and GCGrebe, good luck with finding some Snow Bunting for us.

    Lot to learn

  • Lovely pics as usual--thanks, Hazel. Hope you have a lovely time away. Looking forward to any pics from Rutland and Northamptonshire.

    Kind regards, 

    Ann

  • Fabulous photos Hazy. I bet you're really appeciating the difference between carrying your camera gear & all those bags of leaves you were always raking up at this time of year (not to mention the raking up too)!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France