Deer (gallery)

Having stumbled upon a large enclosure of deer at Woodmancote (West Sussex) while walking last year I thought it would be an ideal place to play with a recent acquisition (a 50 year old Meyer Optik Görlitz 1Q Orestor 4/300 lens) and spend some quiet time honing my stalking skills.

During a brief visit last week a cross wind helped mask my scent and sound while I got myself into a hollow by the pond the deer drink from. Three curious (and possibly thirsty) females came up through the woods in my direction… (click on the images for a larger version)

Fallow deer doe female in woodland with dappled sun light, Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

…making my way through the deer trails inside a hedge with the wind blowing my scent and sound towards them I was spotted by this stag wile I looked trough the cleft of a hawthorn trunk.

Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing in meadow grass seen through cleft in tree, rural colour portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

I had some time to go back yesterday and managed to get much closer to a group of them despite the wind not being in my favour. Being quiet and crawling my way up behind clumps of common rushes peeked their interest and bought them towards me, one curious young doe got around five feet from me while I was taking pictures of this stag with it’s newly forming antlers; The inquisitive doe was too close to focus on so I looked in silent awe as it sniffed the air before me, a wonderful encounter.

Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing in meadow grass, rural wildlife photography portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Young Fallow deer male and female in meadow grass, rural wildlife photography portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer doe female in meadow grass and sunlight, rural wildlife photography Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing in meadow grass, rural monochrome portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer doe with one eye closeup portrait, rural monochrome portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

 


Fallow deer doe female in meadow grass, rural black and white wildlife photography Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 


Fallow deer stag with green antlers standing by hedge in meadow grass, rural monochrome portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

 

Fallow deer doe looking at camera through blurred common rushes colour landscape close-up portrait Woodmancote West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2019 eyeteeth.net

This particular group seem much more approachable than the other two on site, hopefully I will enjoy more time among them soon.

 

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Sika deer stag looking at viewer with ears pricked, antlers and wet fur mane Woodmancote Place Park West Sussex UK ©P. Maton 2018 eyeteeth.netSika deer stag

Woodmancote Place Park

West Sussex UK

07/10/18

Asahi Pentax Super-Takumar 135mm f3.5