Considering it was the weekend I did manage to get parked in Richmond Park - surprisingly. The Red Deer were in a completely different rutting spot than usual and so I was glad I'd taken the clockwise direction around the park to begin my search. Several deer about but this seemed to be one of two "main men". He was possessively guarding his hinds and there was a great deal of roaring. About 4 young stags thought they were in with a chance but they were on a hiding to nothing!
As an aside to the rut, this young Red Deer was still suckling from Mum. It looked almost as big as Mum and I think she'd decided that it was now time it found its own food!
The chase was on when a young stag invaded the "master's" territory!
and finally, Mum relented again.
After Richmond Park I headed off to see what was happening in Bushy. Various Stags roaring but birds being comical took my attention!
Why does it always strike me as odd to see an Egyptian Goose up in a tree?
and this Jackdaw was not backwards in coming forwards looking to land on the Red Deer Hind's back. Probably looking for insects or may be even a ride!
and a Canada Goose was trying to look threatening..
Not a bad walk today and got some exercise - at least the sun shone intermittently which was good!