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Highland Reels
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Copyright: Gary Fudge (garyfudge) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 5 N: 320] (1098)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 80-400mm, Digital
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-20 10:25
Viewed: 4671
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Of course they're not dancing, but challenging for the right to breed.
I've studied deer for a while and now and in all of the creatures on the planet, they're not the brightest buttons in the box.
At this time of year they challenge and charge trees and other inanimate objects.

Red are mainly woodland deer, but in recent years the rise in numbers has led them to colonising more open areas such as rank heather, scrub and even agricultural ground.

The mating season, known as the rut, comes in late July and August. Peculiarly among British deer, there is a delay in the implantation of the fertilised egg in the female. This is believed to be nature's way of postponing birth until favourable conditions exist for the kids. Kids are born in the May or June following the rut. Twins are common and there are sometimes triplets. Newly born young can sometimes be seen lying among bracken, bramble or grasses. They have not been abandoned but simply left, camouflaged by their spotted coats. The doe will be close by and will return to suckle them several times a day.

The red became extinct in England during the 18th century, but survived in woodland in parts of the Central and North West Highlands. Many populations have been reintroduced in England and there are now an estimated 500,000 deer in Britain.

That means all the deer in Britain are Scottish!!

All shots were taken at the full length of my Nikkor 80-400 lens and cropped quite well, in PS Elements 4. didn't do much else, but I did the work in my MacBook Pro, but now I've loaded them through my Mini Mac they seem very green. Not sure why.

Thanks for looking.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-20 10:44]

Hello Gary

A very good montage of rutting pics.The colours are deep and well saturated.The action is very well captured.That's gotta hurt.Very good POV.TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-20 10:48]

Hi Gary,

Wonderful presentation of these deer. Terrific action shots - all three. I love the deep colors. Good details - wonderful comp.


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  • Seiei Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 30] (127)
  • [2007-05-20 11:23]

Hi Gary

Really nice photo montage ! Really impressive.
Well done


interesting, TFS Ori

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-05-20 12:39]

great action-shots, gary, excellent collage showing the "fighting" deer! :-)
i like the one on the bottom where the left deer looks like he is going to flip over.
well done & take care, thor.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-20 13:14]

Hi Gary.
Great capture this action scene fighting two deer male in his last year rutting period.Very good presentation with good colors and details.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

I appreciate the storybook format you have presented. One picture might have looked like another if done differently. Almost a form of 2 dimensional installation art.
Western Wilderness..somewhere..on a mountain.

Hi Gary,
Good pictures that are not easy to get. You nailed the action a treat. Shame about the colour, possibly over saturated a bit.
Puzzled about the notes re - Roe deer when your photo's are of Reds?
I wish I had been with you, keep up the good work.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-05-20 15:17]

Hi Gary,

great sequence of shots showing the technique used by the Stags of twisting their heads and racks whilt fighting. We have a fairly large population of Red Deer down here in the New Forest which are impressive to watch battle it out every autumn. I've not seen them attacking trees yet but i'm certainly going to watch out for it!



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-20 15:48]

Hi Gary

Great montage - really nice action shots, with excellent focus and colours.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-20 16:14]

Hi Gary. This is a very good montage. great action shots. great colours. and timing on your behalf. well done TFS.

hi gary, nice photos. good cpomposition and motive.

WONDERFUL action shot!! The red deer against the green grass is a great contrast of color.

Hi Gary my friend,
action shot.
very well captured ,well composed and beautiful colours.
thanks for sharing

When did men stop fighting each other for the attentions of a female, Gary? I'm sure there must have been a time in our cave dwelling days :-)!
Both chaps seem to be quite serious about the business but neither looks like winning. Must have been a long dual.
Very fine capture in the film-strip format, and I love the green here.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-21 13:29]

Hello Gary,
Great presentation of the clash. Good note, too. Well done. Regards,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-21 13:32]

What an amazing and interesting sequence!
Excellent capture and very good job, Gary.
Great action shot.
My compliments and TFS.

Hi Gary,
Very nice action scene. The competition to mate is so intense for these deers. Great timing and well composed image.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-22 7:39]

Hi Gary,
great sequence of shots. Very interesting and the action you captured is great.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-22 15:12]

Hi Gary

Great series of shots, I love to watch them do this. It works well as a collage



This is on my list of shots to get, nice work, love that you used a montage to shot the complete action.


What a good collage. This was a fortunate capture for you. The green does not look so bad on my monitors. I checked 3 and I think it is maybe how it is naturally supposed to be. Nice info...tfs

Hi Gary,
You have a big chance to see this action of rutting deers. Nicely composed and montage. Colors also very nice. Thanks for sharing
Best wishes

Hi Gary,
Images are a bit too small to assess the technical stuff.
Impressive content though...
I wish I could hear the sounds as well...

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-07-17 17:55]

Hello Gary,
good idea to present us all the action you had in front of your's lens. TFS

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