Red Deer Stag by Val Saxby


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Red Deer Stag taken at Bushy Park in London today on a meet with fellow Red Bubbler Dave and his wife Julie, – had a great day Guys.

Canon 7d & Canon 100-400 IS L

Full frame shot @ 400mm taken in the early morning light.

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The Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species. The Red Deer inhabits most of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region, Asia Minor and parts of western and central Asia. It also inhabits the Atlas Mountains region between Morocco and Tunisia in northwestern Africa, being the only species of deer to inhabit Africa. Red Deer have been introduced to other areas including Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. In many parts of the world the meat (venison) from Red Deer is used as a food source.

Red Deer are ruminants, characterized by an even number of toes, and a four-chambered stomach. Recent DNA evidence indicates that the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) and the East Asian and North American Elk (Wapiti) (Cervus canadensis) represent two distinct species. They also hint at an additional primordial subgroup of Central Asian Red Deer2. The ancestor of all Red Deer probably originated in Central Asia and probably resembled Sika Deer.

Although at one time Red Deer were rare in some areas, they were never close to extinction. Reintroduction and conservation efforts, especially in the United Kingdom, have resulted in an increase of Red Deer populations, while other areas, such as North Africa, have continued to show a population decline.

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  • ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography
    ©FoxfireGaller...almost 4 years ago

    That is a superb shot in this magnificent Rutting season. I love the way you captured his breath in the cold air. Superior capture

  • Thankyou very much – from what we saw today the action at Bushy is pretty much over for this year – there were one or two stags chasing hinds that had not yet come into season but that was about it. The stags have even gone back to feeding.

    – Val Saxby

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Peter Denness
    Peter Dennessalmost 4 years ago

    Really Nice Val. I wanted to get to Richmond for the rut this year, but couldnt make it. I’ve always wanted to get a shot of a stag with the breath, maybe next year… Is the rut still on at the moment?

  • Hi Peter – this shot was taken this morning at Bushy – when we went last week there was lots of action – today it was very quiet but still the odd opportunity – so maybe worth a try over the next few days.

    – Val Saxby

  • Peter Denness
    Peter Dennessalmost 4 years ago

    Just read your reply re the rut :)

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 4 years ago

    oh WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!!! What a fabulous capture!!!!! I’m just in awe!!!!!!!

  • Thanks Lois

    – Val Saxby

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaalmost 4 years ago

    Perfect lighting, showing off the breath so well. Wonderful capture!

  • Thankyou Very much Eivor

    – Val Saxby

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 4 years ago

    Excxellent Capture!!

  • Thankyou very much

    – Val Saxby

  • linaji
    linajialmost 4 years ago

    you are a supreme nature photographer!

  • Thank you – you are most kind

    – Val Saxby

  • hollyann
    hollyannalmost 4 years ago

    love the blending of the colours-it almost looks like a painting where the stag’s head is part of the grasses-really lovely

  • Thankyou very much we were blessed by wonderful morning light and mist.

    – Val Saxby

  • Alison M
    Alison Malmost 4 years ago

    Splendid capture! Love the breath! :))

  • Thankyou – this was the shot I was hoping for.

    – Val Saxby

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