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Monday, 11 October 2010

Red Deer and Bearded Tits

Another visit to Leighton Moss, this time a real early start and i was in the Griesdale hide at sunrise in the hope of getting some shots of the Red Deer stags. It was a beautiful morning as the sun rose over the hills opposite, and the sound of the stags roaring in the cold still air made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, but unfortunately the real big fellas stayed hidden away but there was still plenty of Deer movement early on. Also I wanted to try and get some shots of the Bearded Tits that were reported to regularly visiting the grit trays put out for them. First a selection of Red Deer shots. DSC_0110 DSC_0098 This is what the Stags are now intersted in herding up the hinds and fighting to keep their hareem. DSC_0087 DSC_0074 DSC_0077 A younger stag with smaller antlers DSC_0116 DSC_0118 DSC_0132 DSC_0173 DSC_0201 A youngster, possibly one of this years offspring DSC_0224 This fella appeared out of the reeds and stood for ages watching what was going on before revealing himself, and then disappeared back into the reeds. DSC_0239 DSC_0246 DSC_0251 This group of hinds and youngsters were quite relaxed lounging in the late morning sunshine. DSC_0527 DSC_0549 A youngster still with the characteristic spots DSC_0554 DSC_0565 This stag keeps a close watch on his ladies!! DSC_0743 DSC_0748 He relaxes but never too far away from the hinds DSC_0755 When the deer watching quitened off I wandered around to the causeway to see if Bearded Tits were visiting the grit trays, and I was not disappointed. DSC_0264 DSC_0288 DSC_0290 DSC_0311 DSC_0314 DSC_0315 DSC_0317 DSC_0323 DSC_0337 DSC_0339 DSC_0346 DSC_0354 DSC_0366 DSC_0393 DSC_0403 DSC_0406 DSC_0405 DSC_0427 DSC_0435 DSC_0472 DSC_0440 DSC_0474 DSC_0489 DSC_0494 When this Heron wandered by I held my breath and got some great close up shots. DSC_0697 DSC_0699 DSC_0704 DSC_0716 DSC_0717 Lastly, whilst watching the deer saw something move out the corner of my eye, by the time I had swung the camera around caught this stoat in mid air escape! DSC_0066
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