Red Deer on Place Fell in the Snow – March 2013
One of the few benefits from all the recent snow around Patterdale and the Lake District has been that the Red Deer from Martindale have come ever lower on Place Fell in search of food. Morgan and I have taken full advantage of this over the last week or so to try and take some photos.
For those that are interested in such things I’m reliably informed (by Tom from the Patterdale Village Store!) that these Red Deer are the only purebred herd of wild deer in England. So now you know…..
Now I don’t pretend to have any great photographic or artistic abilities and the conditions were variable on the fells to say the least but here they are anyway. We enjoyed seeing them and I hope you do too…..
Apologies to anyone mad enough to follow me on Twitter as you’ll have seen most of these before…
Young Stag – The Poser
We were blessed one evening by blue skies and the sight of this young fella who seemed quite happy to pose for us. Whether he was used to the sight of some mad bloke and his hound trudging up the fells twice a day or just curious I have no idea, but I’m glad he hung around long enough for me to take these….
Does on the Skyline
On the same evening we spotted these 2 on a ridge. They started watching us but soon found a passing helicopter far more exciting….
More and More and More
Whereas earlier in the year we’d seen the occasional one foraging over the last few weeks they have been loads of them as they have had to go lower and lower to get to some food…
It’s Hard work in the Snow
As with the rest of us the Deer have struggled in the Snow – which thanks to the howling winds has drifted in places to make getting about a little tricky….
Mostly though they seemed pretty relaxed and undoubtedly beautiful….
In search of the Stags
Obviously our dream photo op would have been the huge Stag on the skyline. Sadly we’ve not seen him yet but we’re ever hopeful. In the meantime these are some of the shots we’ve got of the boys …
And we did get one of the “Big Daddy” as he was ambling back into cover….
Anyway that’s the lot, so far at least. A final word of thanks to my long suffering walking companion, Morgan, who has put up with me standing stock still in the snow and wind staring madly up the slopes for ages when all he wants to do is crack on and enjoy the walk….
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