By now we had come full circle and we could see the car park . The Pen Ponds Cafe was open so it was time for breakfast. On our way down the hill we passed a tree full of parrots.
The cafe was busy as we dumped our cameras and bags on one of the nearby benches and ordered our food.
The bacon rolls were cooked to order and we enjoyed them with a warming cup of tea. The cafe was clearly a meeting place for dog walkers, cyclists and other photographers alike.
By now the mist had been burnt away and we could see some deer back where we had walked.
Stag walking by us
We followed the paths through the grass back the way we had come. There a stag came towards us, passing within 20 or 30 feet of us . We waited by a small fence as it passed by.
Chatting to a fellow photographer, we learnt that there were still lots of hinds wandering alone around the Park. This indicated that the rut had yet to begin. He estimated this would be in about 10 days time. He left us following the stag back towards the Pen Ponds.
We turned and watched a small herd of deer cross the road in front of us. This stopped all the cyclists and walkers for some time. Behind the deer came a large male stag that bellowed and barked as he walked.
As we watched the old male stag chased off another stag with not quite so big a spread of antlers and then turned his attention to the young males following and pushed them away too. They came close to our position and settled down.
We cautiously walked past the young males to get closer to the stag and the hinds.
Back towards the Pen Ponds we could see a couple of photographers watching the stag that had walked so close to us. We followed one of the many paths towards the ponds and watched the stag peering up through the grass.
As we came closer he stopped looking up and was clearly sleeping in the warm sun. We did try and get closer in case he put his head up.
But he just slept on.
Leaving the Park
The car park was now filling up and all the tables of the cafe were full. Time to go. As we drove down the road from the car park a stag and hinds came right up to the road and came the close to the car as we passed. Here’s my grab shot as we passed.