I went out into the field to try to catch some action shots of the Red deer and Fallow deer in Calke park, Derbyshire, as the males begin to demonstrate sexual fitness in autumn, select mates/mate and defend harems. I didn’t manage to catch any rutting on this occasion, although there were a couple of individuals with obvious wounds from fighting, and plenty of strutting about and bellowing taking place. I did find some sleepy individuals who were obviously not interested and for whom it all looked like far too much drama and effort! Other individuals were busy practising locking antlers with low hanging branches of trees and rolling in mud, and running around a lot looking quite magnificent.
We had a visit to Twycross Zoo as part of my BSc. Zoology and Film degree course. I have to admit, I slightly fell in love with the Yellow-throated Martens…and of course, the Meerkats. The Bush Dogs are full of character, but don’t look like they care much for humans. They definitely have an attitude! The pelicans were incredibly photogenic on the water.
I don’t agree with most zoos. I don’t agree with the principle of most zoos. Animals are not human entertainment. I hope that some of these images make it clear why animals do not belong in zoos. More to follow.
I’m fully manual on a 60D with a 75-300mm zoom lens in this case. I used the largest aperture I could with auto ISO, and had some nice light. Light always makes the difference.