If you've been watching Autumn Watch you may well be bored rigid by all the deer activity again - so you may not be that interested in this edition of my own "Autumn Watch - Deer Rut Watch".
I've had a couple of trips into Bushy and Richmond Parks during last week with varying success in finding the "stands" of the rut. The numbers of deer to be seen have varied and generally they are easier to find in Bushy Park as it's smaller. But it's more dramatic to witness in Richmond Park as there's more open ground. However, a selection of deer pictures taken over a few days in both parks.
In Bushy Park this stag was crossing the pond.
Now into Richmond Park where this stag had been successful in his pursuit of a hind..
a Fallow Deer (one of many) galloped by as the Red Stag roared
and a group of Fallow Deer were being chased by a dog...!!!!!
Later on these were resting by the Rugby posts!!
Then on Friday another trip into Bushy with Malcolm. We found the stags by listening to their "roaring".
as sometimes it's very difficulty to see them amongst the bracken!
A bit of birding as this Mute Swan flew along the pond
whilst a Grey Heron posed unconcerned!
These two young Stages were practising but it was very weak willed!
On our way back to the car we heard a wren singing! It briefly posed but was really too far away for any sort of picture!
A female Pochard swam her lonely swim. Wonder if they'll be others to join her
And, most unusually, this Ring-necked Parakeet ( a male) was on the ground. The other (the female) was the other side of the tree. I've only seen them on the ground on two occasions before and that was to drink from puddles!
As we entered Richmond Park our first sighting was of a Green Woodpecker who let us get reasonably close for a picture or two
and finally, lunch in the cafe and then back to avoid the Friday afternoon rush hour.
I shall be back to visit the rut again.
Padstow & Lanhydrock
12 hours ago