I've been down my local Deer Park three times now over this rutting season, having visited for three seasons so far. It's been a WONDERFUL experience watching these marvellous beasts strut their stuff, but I now fear this may be the last time I witness it.
As ever it appears that the few spoil it for the majority !
These animals have co-existed with humans in our national parks for years. They make our lives as photographers much easier than stalking them in the wild as they're so used to people. Walking their dogs, jogging, riding their bikes etc...never any problem.
Sadly I feel that's changed. My experience this year tells me things have changed, I've seen two togs being charged by stags I myself have been fearful for the first time in what's now my fourth year of visiting the parks.
THE REASON....too many inexperienced snappers are getting FAR TOO CLOSE and the stags have had enough.
I heard today that someone was gored by a stag and an ambulance was called.
THE RESULT...I fear that the authorities will prohibit photographers from the parks during the rutting season.
Thanks Autumwatch....thanks overpublicity by one & all.
Hear endith the sermon....sorry but it needs saying folks !
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