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The Rut

The Rut
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-12 10:02
Viewed: 4305
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sorry I haven't been posting much. I am going through a busy period at work and have had some long days.

This is a shot taken at Richmond where the rut is in progress at the moment. This stag had lost his harem of hinds and was bellowing a challenge to the victorious stag.

Red Deer Information from UK Safari
October sees the start of the rutting season for red deer. The rut is a period when the biggest and strongest male (stag) rounds up a group of females (hinds) for mating. Of course every other male deer wants to do the same, but there's only so many females to go around.

In order to maintain control over a group of females the stag must constantly drive away rivals. The stag announces his superiority over other males by constantly bellowing out an echoing roar, which sounds something like a cross between a chainsaw and a burp. I guess if we had to shout for days on end we'd end up making a similar noise.

Sometimes shouting is not enough, and when contenders approach the females they need to be chased off. Ocasionally fights between males can break out, and this can lead to some serious clashing of those magnificent antlers.

Red deer are our largest native land mammals. They can weigh up to 190kg. In fact they one of only two native species of deer in the UK. The other being the Roe deer.

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Hi Karan,

A fine and timely perfect shot oof this fellow while he was opened his mouth:) I think he is calling his harem:) Lovely and perfect capture in all around my friend.
TFS and cheers,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-12 10:11]

Hello Karan,
Very good portrait of a magnificent dear.
The light is great. Very good pose, colours and details.Excellent work.
Regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-12 10:15]
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Hi Karan. I was just thinking today we had not seen you and here your are. Great close up of the Stag . You have captured it just at the right moment. With natural warm colours. well done TFS.

Good "portrait" of the stag, the details and markings around the eye are excellent. Good capture and a fine upload...

  • Vinster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
  • [2008-10-12 10:21]

Hi Karan
A good capture of this stag bellowing. Looks like you had excellent light which has alllowed you to capture some fine detail.
Kind Regards

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-10-12 10:39]

Hi Karan

Great shot of the bellowing Stag, I can almost hear him.
Nicely composed with a lovely natural background and colours.
Hope he gets some of his girls back!.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-12 11:30]

Hi Karan,

It's nice to see a post from you again!! I can almost hear this stag bellowing. He is not a happy camper. Great timing to catch him in the midst. He looks just wonderful surrounded by the tall dried reeds. Wonderful natural colors and fine details of his face, antlers and coat. A nice natural setting and composition.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-12 12:46]

Hello Karan,
Good to see you back.
A long time ago I've seen such a scene in real, lying in the grass. It was very cold and when he was bellowing, a lot of steam came out of his mouth. Together with the noise it was very impressive. This photo reminds me of that moment 30 years ago. Fascinating photo from a perfect POV. Technically superb.

Hello my dear old friend Karan,
So nice to see your wonderful posting after a while in this site!
thank you for this lovely shot of the Stag with it's mouth open!
good closeup of it in good sharpness, nice colour and details as always
you take good care and my sincere regards to you

Hi Karan,
Very good capture of this Red Deer stag in action. Good POV and composition, sharp details and nice natural blurred BG.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-10-12 16:12]

Hola Karan,
espectacular trabajo,
bello captura y excelente momento,
tecnicamente sobresaliente,

Hi Karan. This is a nice close shot of a stag in rut. We just returned from witnessing elk going through the same ritual. The poor fellows run themselves ragged holding onto or stealing a harem. Some can lose up to 150 pounds during rut. Poor fellows. lt is really somewhat amusing to watch. The problem with the elk is that they are difficult to find during the day light hours and are very busy after sunset and just before sunrise. It makes photography tricky!

Evelynn : )

hello Karan

beautiful image of the Red Deer in his rut, fine POV, DOF and vertical framing,
wonderful luminosity with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Karan

What a lazy bull.He just bellows while sitting.
A wonderful capture of this beast.
The focus and sharpness are excellent.
A lovely natural capture.


Dear Karan
What a wonderful shot of this Red Deer,
Perfect pose,exposure and BG.Superb shot my friend.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-13 9:13]

Hi Karan.
Brilliant series. I am impressed how well you have reproduced state of animal mood. I like wonderful coloration f the dry grass, fine deep BG and superb sharpness and details of the animal. Bravo, once more.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-13 9:23]

Hi Karan

Nice to see you again here and i hope they aren't working you too much there :)
This is a very beautiful capture from you! The timing is really terrific and the composition you went for here really work with that.
The details are also outstanding and the shallow DOF is spot-on. Very well balanced exposure and great use of the natural light, too.
All-in-all: a gorgeous close-up of this impressive stag!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Karan,
Impressive animal portrait.
I wonder how it sounds...I have an idea:-)
Good moment and compo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-13 15:20]

Excellent photo of this massive Red Deer.
I was at Richmond only the day after you took this! :-)
Very good pose.
Great sharpness.
Excellent composition.

Very well done Karan!
Good to see another post from you.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-10-14 11:46]

Hello Hester,

Superb capture of this stag. Excellent composition and sharpness. Great detail. Superb light and colours.

Hello Karan,
Fantastic shot, excellent sharpness and depth of field, lovely natural colors, good light and nice timing.

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