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    Roe Rut 2015 - warning: photo heavy!

    A really gloomy morning, so apologies up front for the somewhat grainy photos, but hopefully this sequence is of interest to some.

    First saw this girl in the same field I've seen her the last few times - you may recognise it (and her) from previous photo threads:



    She was quite content grazing away whilst keeping an eye on me and the dogs, and then this chap came literally bounding across the field:



    They had a bit of a chase around, and then headed into a small patch of wood where I lost sight of them:



    On the far side of the field is the "long grass" field, now cut, where I've seen both the doe and the buck several times before, so thinking they might want to court on home turf I walked down to it. Again, some of you may recognise this field from previous photo threads.

    Sure enough, they were using this field to get to know each other, repeatedly scent marking and chasing each other:















    Eventually the doe headed off through the hedge into an adjacent field, the buck was eager to follow:



    By the time I got the dogs and myself to the next field, they were racing around full pelt:







    In between chases, the buck would lie down to regain his composure, the doe teasing him all the while:













    Eventually the buck had to lie down again, although the doe remained keen, forcing him to get up and chase her again:

























    At this point they disappeared off to the far corner of the field to be replaced by an early morning jogger and her labrador! Keeping on the footpath I made my way through to the next but one field, where I've also seen the doe before. Sure enough, she was there:



    The buck turned up a couple of minutes later, but unfortunately they then disappeared into a field of uncut rape where I lost them, so I don't know whether their relationship was ever consummated. Regardless, it's pretty clear the rut is on!

    It was fascinating to spend the best part on an hour acting as a voyeur to these two roe. Most of us associate the roe rut with the chance to shoot bucks that are otherwise elusive, but it also presents a great opportunity to really study the behaviour of these wonderful deer.
    Last edited by willie_gunn; 20-07-2015 at 11:34.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Brilliant pics, well done!
    What time of the day was the action in full swing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootgun View Post
    Brilliant pics, well done!
    What time of the day was the action in full swing?
    The first photo was taken at 05:46, the last at 06:41. They carried on after that, but I didn't get a chance to take any more photos.

    The weather was hot and humid, even at that time of the morning, so classic weather for calling roe bucks in the rut! If the weather stay like it is for the rest of the day I might try to get out this evening and give the Buttolo a try.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    The first photo was taken at 05:46, the last at 06:41. They carried on after that, but I didn't get a chance to take any more photos.

    The weather was hot and humid, even at that time of the morning, so classic weather for calling roe bucks in the rut! If the weather stay like it is for the rest of the day I might try to get out this evening and give the Buttolo a try.
    Thanks, keep them coming!

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    just love those pics, thanks very much for posting.

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    Great pics mate.

    Im sure someone would love these pics for a book. Make sure you e got some copy rights on them ;-)

    Jon

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    Fantastic set of pictures, thanks for sharing Dom, a treat to see and most educational to boot.
    Tim

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    Well-done mate great action pics might go out in the morning its moving here also

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