The Start Of The Rut……..Bradgate Park. 18/10/2016
After a night of heavy rain, the sun shone out of a startling blue sky dotted with scudding white clouds as we arrived at Bradgate armed with cameras and binoculars. It wasn’t long before we heard the unearthly bellowing of a stag which turned out to be a fallow male.
A trio of baby, mum and a young buck happily posed for us along the track.
A band of red does came galloping down the hill and prepared to jump the wall into their sanctuary where the public can’t go.
After photographing these beauties I suddenly spotted a heron in the river next to some fallows going down for a drink.
A sleepy looking red stag…….must have been a busy night!!!
After a break in the cafe and a cuppa and toasted tea cake we returned to the car over the hills and heard, then saw, another white fallow stag with his harem.
I have to say I was quite pleased with these photos as it was on maximum 120 zoom which can be shaky.
I heard a bird song but couldn’t get the reed bunting as it flew off just at the crucial moment!
Back in the car park I just had to take this gorgeous tree which, I think, was an ash………probably wrong.
And the last photo is of OH’s acer garden which is starting to change colour.