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    It's been a while.....

    Having been travelling for work the last week or so I've missed the opportunity to get out and about with the camera. I managed to rectify that this morning, though.

    It was very muggy, less like early June and more like the rut in August. Heading down the track with the dogs it was clear that, from a birdlife perspective, nearly all the fledglings must have now left the nest, as the change was noticeable.

    I caught sight of a deer in the distance which turned out to be a muntjac buck. Last time I saw the big buck he was limping, but on the basis that this was him he seemed to be moving fine now, though I'll keep my eye on him to make sure:



    Moving further down the track I could see that they've now ploughed the cover crop field, so I moved on to the adjacent hay meadow. Seeing nothing there, I carried on for another field or two and felt that the morning was likely to be blank. Turning back, I came through a gap in the hedgerow and back into the hay meadow when, looking up, I could see a pair of ears in the distance. There was a roe doe coming towards me through the long grass with a buck following behind.



    The doe kept the lead and moved towards me:









    Eventually she twigged I was there, though the four dogs had kept still and quiet. She wasn't 100% sure what to make of me, so the three of us spent the next 10 minutes in a Mexican stand-off, she and the buck trying to figure out what I was, me trying to keep still and avoid spooking them. All this time I was trying to capture some photos - holding the camera on the monopod with one hand, the other keeping hold of the lead of my young cocker. Finally they decided to turn back, and slowly made their way back to the wood.





















    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    There is something about watching roe deer I just can't place it!! Was watching this before wind changed and mom legged is so he hid!!!!
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    more annoyed that I was watching a wild cat for 20 mins with no camera.... Why do we leave them in the car....

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlab View Post
    There is something about watching roe deer I just can't place it!! Was watching this before wind changed and mom legged is so he hid!!!!
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    more annoyed that I was watching a wild cat for 20 mins with no camera.... Why do we leave them in the car....

    Now that's a cracking photo

    So far I've only seen fawns in the distance, trailing after mum.
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    its OK from a iPhone!!! last time I bumped a fawn a few years ago, left the phone in that car as no signal - never made that mistake again!!!
    I had an interesting night twenty feet from the wild cat and later on a pine martin came within six feet while I was standing at a gate glassing a field with no idea i was there. returned home with nothing but still feel i had a better night than if I'd shot a buck!!

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    love it, thank you and excellent stalking gents
    Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
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    Nice photo's Dom well worth the wait

    John
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    Well done David, the Pine Martens easy enough but I only ever saw one wild cat and then only briefly, we were right up on the North coast in the middle of nowhere.

    John

    Quote Originally Posted by redlab View Post
    its OK from a iPhone!!! last time I bumped a fawn a few years ago, left the phone in that car as no signal - never made that mistake again!!!
    I had an interesting night twenty feet from the wild cat and later on a pine martin came within six feet while I was standing at a gate glassing a field with no idea i was there. returned home with nothing but still feel i had a better night than if I'd shot a buck!!
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    WG brilliant images, how far were you from them, and what did you use to take these images

    well done

    patrickt

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickt View Post
    WG brilliant images, how far were you from them, and what did you use to take these images

    well done

    patrickt
    Patrick

    Thank you.

    In the first photo the buck was probably around 150m away, but for the last ones of the doe she was maybe 40m away. The majority were taken at between 50 and 75m. All that was missing was a bit more light, which would have helped with the more distant shots.

    I use a Nikon D750, with a 300mm f4 lens plus a 1.4x teleconverter, giving an effective length of 420mm and a minimum aperture of 5.6, which all of these were taken with. All of this sits on top of a monopod with a gimbal head on it. It's a combination I'm really happy with, though I'll likely get an autofocus 500mm lens before too long. I have the manual version of the 500mm, but it's not really practical to use when I have the four dogs with me.

    Hope that makes sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAYB View Post
    Nice photo's Dom well worth the wait

    John
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    Thanks - if have tried again today if the weather hadn't been so grim

    Dom
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