For they were jolly good Fallows!

28th October 2015
Following on from the "If you go down to the woods today" news updates I thought I'd do a Fallow follow up having spent a day with good light in North Norfolk photographing the seasonal rut.

I am a staunch believer that animals must come to me, not me chase them down. Even Deer roaming in parks seemingly accustomed to people, still require an element of stalking, being approached from down wind, and a concerted effort to blend in with the shrubbery etc.

Rutting was at it's peak on the last day of my annual visit. The fights were all at a distance and well into the middle of a wide open space, so initially, too far away for any photo opportunities.

When the main herd ran off to the furthest reaches of the Holkham Park a decision was made to break cover from the trees and venture out into open space. the aim was to photograph a single, resting Stag beneath a Sweet Chestnut Tree.

However, it was a little surprising when at least three pairs of Stags decided to bring the show for what became a personal, command performance. The decision to either stay put or run for the trees had to be made quickly but by staying, still, low and quiet, Philip, Julie & I were able to witness the raw determination and game play behind the struggle to be the dominant male at very close quarters.

The giggly girls and frolicking fawns didn't really take too much notice of the huffing, puffing and scuffling of the Stags. Preferring instead to wander at will, gather in gossiping groups and play the old tactical game of being hard to get!

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