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A Necessary Evil

A Necessary Evil
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-03 1:54
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Points: 56
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Another shot of Sika Deer (Cervus nippon) at Arne Nature Reserve, this time a group of four females. It was a pleasure to observe these graceful and timid creatures through the trees in the early morning light, but there is a less endearing side to their presence here.

Swelling numbers (there are no natural predators of Deer left in the UK - the last wolf being hunted in Scotland in 1743), are having a significant impact on the flora and fauna at this site. Most notably to suffer is the Redshank, whose habitat is wet grasslands, which it needs to breed and feed in. In these grazed areas, vegetation height and volume was notably lower than those left alone by the Deer.
Sika are keen on bark stripping too, some signs of which i saw here. Areas which have been restricted from Sika access have also seen a significant reduction in the depletion of root biomass and top soil erosion.
So, a cull is now planned, although exact numbers need to be shot have yet to be decided. I don't like to think of these creatures being killed 'enmasse', but as it is an artifically created problem, an equally man made solution is required.
Just another example of how mans meddling with Nature can upset even the most localised of eco systems i guess.

PP: Handheld from a distance of about 75 metres, shot in RAW, a tweek of curves, increased saturation + 5, converted to JPEG, resized and sharpened.

Thanks for looking..

Amadeo, gracious, eng55, bobcat08, eqshannon, uleko, CeltickRanger, nglen, gerbilratz, Jamesp, NinaM, yasin, kmr13777, iris, Argus, vanderschelden, Adanac, Maite, hester has marked this note useful
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Jolie photo d'ambiance avec un éclairage agréable.
Bonne journée.

Hola Paul, bonita fotografia, buen juego de luz en la penumbra y agradable composición. Un saludo

Hello Paul,
Many thanks for this awesome image! truly great!
perfect lighting here with the group of Sika deers with full attention towards your camera!
very sharp, good colour and superb details
well done

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-03 6:35]

Hi Paul,
Very nice capture.POV,eye contact,pose of deers,use of backlight and visulal impact are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Paul,

What a beautiful light. This 4 deers are really eycatchers. Amazing to see the attention of this animals. Natural colors. I appreciate it that you have kept the BG still recognizable. Thaks for that. Interesting notes. Well done. Have a nice day and TFS BOB

Your so good at this...although I did like the first one...there seems to be a series coming:-) Very nice...make a movie out of them Paul. Very nice images and great lighting!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-03 7:28]
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Hello Paul,
Superb capture of these beautiful Sika Deer looking very alert! Wonderful backlight and great sharpness showing the lovely pattern and colours of their coat. Some animals are real survivors and create a big problem, like the Wild Boar here. The problem is really the population explosion, man takes over everywhere!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-03 10:19]

Hello Paul, Nice shot with the gathering of those fella. Lovely pov and good sharp focus. Ganesh

hello Paul

wonderful image of these Sika Deers, fine POV and DOF,
i love the effect that the subjects are againts daylight (en contre-jour),
wonderful luminosity at the background, excellent sharpness
and details and great eye-contact of the deers with you, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-03 11:58]

Hi Paul. I like the light again in this picture of the early morning deer. fine detail and natural colours. a good compostion with them all looking at you. well done TFS.

PS dont foget to send the picture over.

Hi Paul, lovely natural image, the details and colours are first rate. Unfortunately, culling has become a part of the existence of wild life. The usual excuses being economic to cost of damage.


After returning from a day that only you may start to guess was like, this makes it better by far. The words do justice to the outstanding shot also that makes me wish we were there again. No worries though the weekend approaches.........


nice ladies, great light, TFS Ori

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-03 13:20]

Hi Paul

Lovely composition -I am a big fan of back light and this is a really great example.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-03 13:27]

Hello Paul!
What a fine capture of these back-lit Sika Deer!
I love how the ears are rimmed with light.
Excellent eye-contact from all but one deer.
Sharp and crisp.
Exceptional exposure.

Well done mate!


Hola Paul, acabo de hacer un corto comentario a tu anterior toma titulada " Sika Deer". En esta que nos presentas ahora existen características similares a aquella en lo técnico. De esta me encanta como pudiste captar al grupo posando tan plácidamente para tí: preciosa !
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Paul,
Lovely shot, beautiful sun light from behind, excellent composition.
TFS, cheers

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-03 17:19]

We're having the same problems as you do with the deers and the chosen solution is to reinsert wolves in the forest. They have started doing it in Ontario, I think in Rob's area, and it seems to be working. Anyhow, your picture is stunning, beautiful, there are no words. You are a great photographer and the light here is giving an aura of intimacy and we feel the timidity of the animals. And, this light is fantastic, clear as crystal, your picture is a wonder. Wow, Paul, it's a pleasure to contemplate your photos.


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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-06-03 20:55]

Selamat pagi Paul,
The BG and FG lights had made the Sika Deer (Cervus nippon) image is awesome!
Wonder how could the bodies became blur. Were they moving, a little bit?

Best regards from Indonesia


Hi Paul,
Great use of the minimal lighting. excellent colors and details. I like the slhouette of the popping out ears of all of them. Great composition. It was nice to have their attention while you captured :)


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-04 6:19]
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Hi Paul
Nicecpature of the ladies here.Did you say they are spreading in number...wow...i do not know thier status in India but i also do not think they are as much in number out here.
I like the soft well lit Bg and the curiously staring females here who seem to be wondering what are you doing...I wish we could aslo get that fourth one who is just about moving out, but then that is how they behave when they are in groups and quite difficult to get a real clean shot...I like the details on the deers although tyhere is nt much light falling on them.
Very well done.
TFS & Cheers
P.S: Had send you a message regarding one of your posts....did you recieve it?

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-04 8:00]
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Great lighting and composition in this shot, Paul!
These Sika Deer show a beautiful alert pose while the fourth member of the group is more intent on disappearing. Amazing sharpness at 75 m and a nice composition.
Arne nature reserve is well known for the Dartford Warbler, but you probably know that already.
I wish it would rain here!

Very good light, Paul.
Well done

You're the best!
Love this shot, like all your others!
the softness you've captured, with the beautiful detail and flora around the deers is awesome!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-05 4:24]

Hello Paul,
First I hate it when a man made problem gets a man made solution that involves the killing of animals. Why not sterlize them and let them live out their lives. OK now that I vented, your image is truly one of beauty sharp, well composed and once again incredible use of light. Thanks for sharing my friend.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-06 6:15]

Hello Paul
What a delightful picture with these beautiful Sika Deer! This is the first time that I hear of this kind of deer. I like the lights and shadows, beautiful colors and splendid composition and presentation.
Gorgeous job!
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

P :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-06-10 11:03]

Hi Paul

This is a beautiful and serene shot. I love the light and the wonderful eye contact here. I have never seen these deer myself. I do agree with the problems of over-population, we have damaged the balance of our eco-system. There has also been widescale shooting of foxes in the farmland around here. You should now see the rabbit population!



I really like this shot! It is so smooth, yet sharp and detailed! The lighting is great, I also have the Sigma 70-300mm APO.. you must have had to get quite close to get a shot of this quality!


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