Red Deer in Dumfries and Galloway

Red Deer on the Red Deer Range in the Galloway Forrest Park

We had a nice gap between photographing weddings and it being the summer holidays decided to have a week in one of our favourite parts of the world, Dumfries and Galloway. It is a simply stunning part of the UK, we all love it (including the dogs), have had some fantastic walks, see some amazing animals, stunning scenery and many beautiful birds.  I’ll be posting some images over the next few days, red deer today followed by red squirrels and then some birds. The deer shown here were photographed on the Red Deer Range in the Galloway Forest Park, this is on the A712 between Newton Stewart and New Galloway, not too far from the Kirroughtree Visitors Centre. On certain days it is possible to hand feed the deer for a very small and reasonable fee, and to listen to an interesting talk and some stories of the deer in the park.

These are not very Wedding themed but we all have to have a hobby! There are 3 weddings in the pipeline, one to blog about now, I’m in the middle of uploading another to a clients gallery as I sit here plus another in post production which should see the blog soon time allowing.

All these were taken with the D3s, most of the longer distance shots with my new Sigma 150-600mm sport (I’ve still got the Tammy, just trying to decide which one to keep, decisions, decisions…) and the closer-in photos with the Nikkor 70-200mm f/4. Hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I did taking them.

Red deer are the UK largest natural inhabitant and a sight to behold, I love photographing them

Red deer are the UK largest natural inhabitant and a sight to behold, I love photographing them

I beleive this stag is called Spike

I beleive this stag is called Spike

A very tame but potentially dangerous animal when they start waving those antlers about

A very tame but potentially dangerous animal when they start waving those antlers about

Too close for the new Sigma sport, quick change to the 70-200mm F4 Nikkor for these close-in images

Too close for the new Sigma sport, quick change to the 70-200mm F4 Nikkor for these close-in images

Spike having a good old look through the window at the tourists!

Spike having a good old look through the window at the tourists!

Beautiful big brown eyes

Beautiful big brown eyes

Inquisitive creatures with no natural predators

Inquisitive creatures with no natural predators

Sure this is the same chap I photographed last year but he has been around a few years now, and hopefully a few more to come

Sure this is the same chap I photographed last year but he has been around a few years now, and hopefully a few more to come

The boggy ground didn't seem to present much of an issue even with tiny feet

The boggy ground didn’t seem to present much of an issue even with tiny feet

A truly magnificent creature

A truly magnificent creature

Amazing how big their eye are but it seem they are very active at night so need such big eyes to gather any light they can

Amazing how big their eye are but it seem they are very active at night so need such big eyes to gather any light they can

Very nice bit of grass this...

Very nice bit of grass this…

Master of all I survey...

Master of all I survey…

Might go over there in a bit, they might have apples...

Might go over there in a bit, they might have apples…

Keeping an eye out for the ranger with a bucket of deer nuts

Keeping an eye out for the ranger with a bucket of deer nuts

Red deer on the red deer range on the A712 between Newton Stewart and New Galloway, Scotland

Red deer on the red deer range on the A712 between Newton Stewart and New Galloway, Scotland

This years babies mixed in with some older young

This years babies mixed in with some older young

Very social animals, even the males, until the rut starts!

Very social animals, even the males, until the rut starts!

 

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