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.img_9559

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.

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After photographing these beauties I suddenly spotted a heron in the river next to some fallows going down for a drink.

img_9585 img_9586 img_9587 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.

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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.



10 Responses

  1. dixon says:

    Some great shots cilla, :good: wouldnt like to be on the receiving end of those antlers though. :shout:

  2. gertie says:

    Terrific blog Cilla :good: What a smashing day you’ve had :good: … and yes , aren’t the trees lovely too :dance: :rose:

  3. Beanstew says:

    Really enjoyed this Cilla – and most impressed by the photos you managed to get without great big zoom lenses and piles of equipment. Also I think OH’s acer garden is turning out very well – it must be lovely to sit on that bench in between showers, at this time of the year.

  4. Some fab pics, Cilla, glad it stayed dry for you. That tree colour is stunning as is OH acer garden, do you have a his and hers garden? :giggle:

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