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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z740
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Rutting Season, Deer of the UK [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-16 13:58
Viewed: 6566
Points: 45
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This large stag and his "harem" of hinds was taken at Richmond. He seemed quite content with his lot. The immature males seen on the edge of the group are tolerated as long as they don't come too close. A mature stag approaching the group would be challeged

The following information is from the Aigas Field Centre website:
The Red Deer is the largest land mammal currently found in the wild in the UK, standing about 4 ft at the shoulder. The males are called stags, the females are hinds and the young are calves. They are a gregarious species and live in large groups most of the time. For over 10 months, the hinds and stags live apart with the young staying with the hinds until they are two or three years old. They come together for the rut in September and October, when a stag will guard a group or ‘harem’ of hinds for mating and the stags roar at each other to determine dominance.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-16 14:07]

Hi Karan

Great capture, and very topical for this time of year with all the rutting going on, it looks like your Stag is doing extremely well surrounded by all those Hinds. Superb composition and pose, nice sharp detail and lovely colours.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi friend! Magnificent landscape! The perspective and de colours are great! Great Harem! Take care Ana:)

Hello Karan,
This is an image telling a lot about animal behaviour!
Situation is well framed, and captured with fine details and good natural colours...
Pablo -

Hi Karan,
Exellent shot.Beautiful composition.Very well composed.Regards.


beautiful and calm moment, thank Ori

Bonjour Karan
Très joli cettw prise de vue avec ce beau mâle qui est très bien entouré d'après ce que je peux voir ...le chanceux ah ah ah !
Les détails et les contrastes sont réussis très jolis couleurs.
Bravo et merci.... JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-16 22:46]

Hello Karan

WOW, He is majestic,and holds quite a court.A really good capture of this moment.A lovely composition with good DOF and POV.TFS


Muy buena presentación Karan con excelente y aguda presentación Panorama.
Me gusta el encuadre, la profundidad obtenida con foco sobre la totalidad de los animales.
Personalmente los colores parecen algo pálidos, pero es sólo mi punto de vista.
He realizado un Workshop modificando ligeramente algunos niveles y ajustando el Unsharp... espero te agrade.
Saludos... Ricardo

Very good presentation Karan with excellent and sharp Panorama presentation.
I like the framing, the depth obtained with focus about the entirety of the animals.
Personally the colors seem something pale, but it is only my point of view.
I had a Workshop modifying some levels lightly and adjusting Unsharp... I hope you like it.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hi Karan,
What a stunning image. Just not only a stag and his harem, but also a great view of their habitat. They all seem really relax and enjoying the last rays of sunlight. The LP version is excellent.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-17 9:29]

Hello Karan,
this panoram view looks fabulous. Very well composed with wonderful light and great details.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-10-17 15:17]

Hi Karan,
Beautiful shot of the harem of this majestic stag. I just love this picture.

déjà merci du partage et félicitations pour cette vue magnifique, jolies couleurs, bon travail

Oula, they are very numerous!
Very beautiful image always so impressive with Male in the centre.
Made well,


What a nice capture Karan. I envy you to be able to photograph those majestic animals. Details, POV, DOF and composition are just great! I love those long grass in the frame; nice natural environment. Thanks,

I think about Robert Palmer's song here: "some guys have all the luck"

hehe, cool shot, it seems deer are not different from humans
when you see the stag surrounded by all his girls. *g*
perfect composition and terrific low pov with good sharpness, nice colors and great details - especially on the LPversion.
good job & best wishes, thorsten.

Belle photo,prise a un excellent moment, la sieste.Vous aussi vous aimez les cerfs,biches et autres. Thomas

Hola Karan
Un momento de "rara" tranquilidad en un harem de ciervos. Buena compo.
Un saludo

hi karan
apres les collage est les sujet en noir et blanc voila une belle photo de la harde au complet,ils ne semblent pas etre derangés par votre presence.
belle approche.

Perfect example of a stag and his 'bitches' :) His antlers are extremely impressive, I wonder if you intentionally cropped off the top of them to fit the panoramic file proportions - chopping off the bottom and showing all of the antlers would have been better.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-24 8:47]

Bonjour Karan, great composition of Red Deer. Beautiful colors and perfect DOF too. Best regards, Didier.

Great shot I love it with all those hinds no wonder he's smilin.

It's great Karen


Hi Karan,

What a great opportunity for a wildlife photographer! You've captured the scene very well. I'm sure you've taken many pictures, given the opportunity. I love the panoramic format you used to present this photo. The huge stag with imposing horns in the center clearly dominates both the picture and the harem. I'm yearning to have the chance to encounter at least a stag or a deer. Good info too! Congratulations for this great work!


Hi Karan

beautiful moment, Very well composed.Regards.
thank Eyal

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