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Not a technically brilliant photograph I know..

Those of us who enjoy watching the rut PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

I was put on my backside by a this chap yesterday.
I had been following him for most of the morning keeping a respectful distance when he decided to lay down for a little rest... I moved to within 80 ft of him and knelt down, he then got to his feet and charged at me, I took v1, I thought he'd stop? he didn't.. he kept coming, bellowing as he ran, I got up, started to run backwards and slipped over... he stopped 2 ft from me head down,.. v2 taken after I managed to get up and retreat.
I know some will say "what do you expect, you fool", but I consider myself very respectful of these wonderful animals, but I was reminded, they might be in the park, but they are wild animals... so please take care!

The most embarrassing thing was, I cried out like a girlie! Smile

I met Mike, (HUMIE) after, he was disapointed he didn't catch it on camera!.. cheers Mike Wink
Jon

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Canon 100-400IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:WARNING TO TOGS!
Username:SurreyHillsMan SurreyHillsMan
Uploaded:5 Oct 2009 - 9:05 AM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 9:07 AM

Fantastic captures, Jon, you were lucky not to get an antler up the bum! Carol

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Image123  5 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 - 9:16 AM

great shots

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Glad you got the shots Jon, and yes you are quite right, you do have to be careful, we have followed the deer for years and had quite a few close encounters. The red deer are far more of a threat. the fallow are not so bad. Just have to try not to get between the stags and his females, as then you really are pushing your luck. Have had a few reds charge, but thankfully like you they have stopped within feet. Somehow you've just got to stand your ground, run, and they'll come after you.

Anyway - great shots !

Chris

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maryg
maryg e2 Member 566 forum postsmaryg vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 9:30 AM

Two great shots,very scary story though.The game keeper here says stay downwind. and out of sight. never see them anyway except when they come on to the road at night or in a very bad winter when they come down into the village foraging for food..
Regards Mary

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stephenscott
5 Oct 2009 - 9:34 AM

very nice shots,well preented and lovely colours..

steve..

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Ian-Munro
Ian-Munro  6200 forum posts Wales15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 9:43 AM

Lucky man! Bet you kacked your pants mate. Wink

still, you got 2 great images.

Ian

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 9:44 AM

Wonderful shots & a telling narrative, Jon. I think I'll stick with birds & bunnies!
Terry

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Silverzone
5 Oct 2009 - 10:02 AM

Great shots great story, well done. Sylvia

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FredF
FredF  7 France
5 Oct 2009 - 10:17 AM

2 great shots. You have been very lucky.

Fred

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HUMIE
HUMIE  7 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 - 10:21 AM

A worthwhile cautionary tale mate....as I said yesterday I got a lot closer and even tried to emulate a stag to get my target stag to roar. It's easy to get complacent but a lesson learned here with no harm caused I think in that circumstance I'd follow our guide in alaskas advise , to stand your ground and shout/talk to the animal.....and believe me a hungry bear can run equally as fast as a stag !

V2 's a cracker BTW Jon.

*Mike*

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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 10:28 AM

I was going to say well worth the risk but on reflection I'm not sure Smile Smile

Brian...............................................

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 10:35 AM

Think you had a lucky escape by the sound of thinks, well done on the first capture not easy when you are being charged.
Regards Richard.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 10:50 AM

I heartily endorse your warning tale Jon. These are big animals and as your V2 shows they do have some serious weapons to show. A couple of excellent shots.
Ron

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 10:58 AM

Two great shots and I'm glad that you are OK but as I'm sure you know no matter how fast you run, backwards or forwards you'll never outrun one of these.


David.

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User_Removed Junior Member 7 England16 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 11:06 AM

Great reportage captures Jon. Glad you're o.k. and this may be an invaluable experience for future occasions anyway.
Andrew

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redshank
redshank  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 11:33 AM

Two great images Jon,V1 my fav,be careful.
Martin

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johnjones
johnjones  4 England
5 Oct 2009 - 11:35 AM

somehow the pic looks a lot better now i have read your story
great shots hang in there
john

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Wilmot
Wilmot  5338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 11:41 AM

Lucky lucky man lol
I was at Richmond Park on Saturday and in the back of my mind while i was stalking a Stag,what if he runs at me?
Thank god he didnt!
Brilliant shot aswell
Steve

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aitchbrown
aitchbrown e2 Member 8247 forum postsaitchbrown vcard United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 - 12:07 PM

What a great expression.... seems you paid dearly (arghhh) for it tho'. If that charged at me I'd have been terrified, but then I'm frightened of cows. Great story too, made me smile (sorry!)... helen

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 12:15 PM

Those are a serious set of antlers to get on the wrong side of! Nice pair of images, but I think I'll stick with my tiger shots, at least I've got a fence between me and them!
Barbara

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 12:45 PM

at least you lived to tell the tale and will remember this for all time, I want to go but cant run and will be keeping my distance - good shot was it worth your effort (only you can say) I would not worry about crying like a girlie I am sure you had reason, I am with Mike and wish I had been there for a photo of you - the expression on your face would have been something else - two great shots tho


Quote: Lucky man! Bet you kacked your pants mate.

still, you got 2 great images.

Ian

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 12:52 PM

Great images and adventure stories too!!
Joan.

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 1:12 PM

Lovely shots and great to see the rich autumn colours.
And a cautionary tale and interesting to read Mike's comment too - I also got a lot closer last year in the fog, but kept low and didn't seem to be disturbing them; reading your experience maybe I was just lucky.
So we have a choice of standing and shouting, or your approach of tripping over and convincing him that you're harmless Wink
Tim

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 2:01 PM

Great images Jon, one of days you are going to end up with an antler where you don't want it Wink lol

Stace

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justin c
justin c  104510 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 2:36 PM

What's up with you Jon, I'm sure he only wanted to play!! Wink
You should have tickled him under the chin. Smile Smile

Only kidding. Take it easy.

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 3:36 PM

Well you got the shots Jon and you're OK. A warning for us all mate!
Steve

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phil_j
phil_j  8133 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 3:57 PM

You got the point then Jon!!, seriously though, glad you are OK and a good warning to others not so careful as you to follow.

Phil

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Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 4:05 PM

Firstly a couple of crackers Jon. All action as you say and have to agree with you about respect for these beasts. Ron and I nearly had the same the other day. Failing that go out with a 76 year old but have caution because he can outrun us as well...Linford Maiwand
Scream like a girlie....never
Seriously though, these are spot on Jon and terrific nerve to get that shot charging.
Richard

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danja
danja  8
5 Oct 2009 - 5:23 PM

Great story, thanks for sharing.

Just reminds us how little we are in nature at times doesn't it lol

Congrats though for being brave

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 - 5:27 PM

Two lovely shots, We only have fallow round here and they are a bit more timid.
john

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 5:49 PM

Salutary lesson Jon. They are full of testosterone !!!!!!!! Ron.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 6:35 PM

I saw the photo before I read your tale
Thought the stag looked strange...Then I read your story
Explains it all
I am totally impressed you took V2
But it is a cautionary tale to us all
Where we look at the deer there is a sadly a fence between us
Perhaps now I will think twice about that fence and be grateful it is there
Where were you ?

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Wooly
Wooly  8112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 8:44 PM


Quote: I cried out like a girlie

PMSL. Y' big wuss! Wink

Can't get within a mile of our local deer.... So I guess they won't get within a mile of me!

Alan

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SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 8:57 PM

wow- how scary !!! luck you though eh

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 9:23 PM

2 outstanding shots Jon, great write up too, glad you are ok though my friend,
Geoff.

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arhb e2 Member 72116 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2009 - 9:54 PM

I wouldn't have got either of these shots Jon - given the circumstances lol.
These shots will always remind you of those moments.
Glad you're okay, and well done on getting 2 fine shots.

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jayjay52  5 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 - 10:15 PM

Really great shots - glad you made a getaway unharmed
Jenny

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skewey
skewey  831 forum posts England
5 Oct 2009 - 10:32 PM

Jon have you got any recordings if so please make a video.
Great shots though .
Paul

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iancam
iancam  5 England
6 Oct 2009 - 4:58 AM

Wonderful shot Jon, Glad your OK. I was chased by 5 young cows recently not funny as you can understand.
Ian

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Oct 2009 - 10:04 AM

Glad to you are ok.
Fine capture.

regards
Yung

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HobbitDave
6 Oct 2009 - 10:06 AM

Fine shots Jon, and a timely warning too. But the images are great.
Dave.

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6 Oct 2009 - 8:05 PM

Great captures Jon, Glad you lived to tell the tale. Like a true pro you carried on shooting, but take care.
Vanda

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ChrisWallace
7 Oct 2009 - 10:09 PM

Nice story Jon. Under preasure but you continued clicking.
Chris

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