On Tuesday 16th October we went early again to Richmond Park to watch the deer rut. Getting around the park to the Pen Pond’s car park was a easier as the road from the Richmond gate was now open.
The car park was almost empty.
We walked along the road heading for where we had been before. To our left we could see a stag with some hinds laying down.
From our right a hind and perhaps last year’s young came past us and crossed the road.
We walked up the hill to the fallen tree and the open area had no deer at all. Back at the road we watched the stag walk away from us to the bracken. Our path was blocked by a small group of hinds. We skirted around them and joined a small group of photographers where the stag had gathered a small group of hinds.
Close to the small herd
We edged through the trees and approached the group from the other side of the path. The stag was bellowing as he stood guard.
After a while the stag and the hinds moved off again onto the bracken.
Here are some of the other photographers in Richmond Park at our side.
I followed the group skirting around the bracken, keeping them to my right.
In the bracken
Back towards the road I could see a young stag venturing down towards us.
The stag then came back out of the bracken…
… and went back in again.
Life went around around the deer in the park.