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Oh Deer, Oh Deer, Oh Deer!!

Oh Deer, Oh Deer, Oh Deer!!
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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: 2007-06-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 80-400mm, Digital
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-14 9:38
Viewed: 3982
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These three Red Deer were soaking up the sunshine, rather than the rain that we've been having plenty of recently.
I've posted this shot to show the sort of terrain that the deer roam and graze in naturally.
In the UK, people mostly only see deer in park and farmland. They actually prefer the openland, but thanks largely to the human element, they tend to get driven into the forest.
The Red deer is the largest mammal in Britain and has been here in some form or other since this island was joined to mainland Europe. Red deer are proven survivors, having struggled through the ice age, a period when their natural woodland habitat was buried under ice and when almost every Briton hunted deer. They overcame the effects of the former and learned to avoid the latter.
The Red deer distributed across the UK are a subspecies distinct to this country, Cervus elaphus scoticus. The largest density of Red deer and that group most readily associated with British Red, resides in Scotland. However a significant number of Red are spread throughout other parts of the country, for example in the New Forest, on Exmoor, the Quantocks, Suffolk, and the Lake District. Many of these often isolated groups have at various times been supplemented by introduced stocks or escapees from deer parks. The most ‘pure’ of these groups is probably to be found in the Lake District. But even the largest of these groups outside of the Highlands, around Exmoor and the Quantocks (approximately 3,000 in 1995), cannot compare with the estimated 300,000 Red deer living wild in Scotland. These Scottish deer, although by nature woodland dwellers, have been forced to adapt to a moorland environment due to the demise of the great Caledonian forests and, as a result, they are smaller. This is partly due to the poorer quality nutrition available on the open moor, which is ironically referred to as ‘deer forest’.

Thanks for your looking and giving your support and advice.


Jamesp, PaulH, kjpweb, jaycee, Debz, carmia, ramthakur, lawhill, mikou, eqshannon, hester, Finland_in_Eton, Kathleen, captainsgirl has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-14 9:44]

Hi Gary

An unusual POV, which, in my opinion works very well. The colours and DOF are very nice.

Incidentally, the tree-line in much of upland Britain was probably quite low before clearances started - a lot of it was moorland, but with a wider range of species.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-14 9:47]
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Hi Gary,

Great shot accompanied by a great note too. That BG really makes this stand out from just another Deer shot. The feeling of elevation and wild ground is brilliant. Nice light and colours too. I can't wait to try to get something similar when i visit here. Is this near to the Lairig Ghru at all?

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-14 11:23]

Great capture - providing the big picture. Very good POV and composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-14 11:26]

Hi Gary,

Very different post from you and I like it! The deer are wonderful but even without them it would be a beautiful landscape. I love the colors - don't see much green here. Nice details - the antlers are amazing. Wonderful dof. Very nice.


I love the creative POV! Very interesting. Beautiful deer....those antlers are glorious.
Great colors and lighting!

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-14 13:36]

Hi Gary, very nice scene and compositon. The Deer are taking it easy on the hill. The shot has good perspective with the lowland in the background. Light and colours are v good. Lovely scene.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-06-14 15:32]

Hi Gary, Very good POV and composition.
Excellent shot. Bravo! Regards. Carme

You are quite funny in your caption, Gary :-).

Your Scotland quite reminds me of my native Himachal Pradesh in India.
The British never failed to make a comparison between the two while they ruled India. I must make it at least once to Scotland in my remaining lifetime. I spent half a month in England in 1995 but was too busy visiting schools in Midlands to make a trip up there.

This is such a lovely pastoral picture with two of the 'dear' resting drowsily in the sunshine. The vale seen from the ridge also seems to be engulfed in peaceful tranqullity of a warm summer day.
I love the atmosphere in this picture, maybe due to nostalgia factor.
Thanks, anyway, and best regards.

Helo Gary,
Great portrait, showing the real abitat of deers, beautiful
montains, nice colors well composed TFS, regards/Lawhill

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-15 14:57]

Hello Gary

Nicely composed with an awesome view.Excellent POV,the shot is well focused.Post card like image.Nicely done.TFS


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-15 15:14]

Hi Gary.
Beautiful capture of this deers with very interesting BG.Very nice composition with lovely colors and nice view on their antlers.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

You have captured the splendor in an area of which I am not familiar. It seems nature is comfortable there...while here in the US we tend to play the hunter game a bit too much and nature is a step ahead...staying away much as possible....

Beautiful "painting" of a wonderful scene. I like this style very much.

Bob Pacific NW Wildernes

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-16 4:17]

Hi Gary

It is lovely to see them where they belong. In the south we soon won't have any green land left with the governments directives on house building. The greenbelt land is slowly going. This is just beautiful, wild and natural.



Great POV, really creates a secretive atmosphere to the image. I can almost imagine myself stalking the deer and peering over the top of a hill to take see them. Lovely colors, and the DOF is excellent. Good detail. Very nice composition, too. Well done and TFS.


hi garry, nice shot, the composition is lovely, nice colours, very good pov,
tfs & regards

Hi Gary.
It is a great environmental image to go with your notes. The composition with the DOF is great, gives the feeling of this high advantage point they are on.
Very nice

New Zealand

Hi Gary!
wow, one what a view!!! Love it! the Deer are a bonus...they do have to naviagate just a tad don't they...great shot. TFS

Thanks also for your comments on my photo " Honk!Honk!Honk! (14) " :o) I've been away for awhile...

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