RICHMOND PARK IN THE FALL

Posted in deer, England, london, moods, photo, photoblog, richmond park, rut, stag, surrey, tourism, travel, Uncategorized, walking, walks, weather on November 7th, 2016 by wabisabipix

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SOMEWHERE OVER A RAINBOW.

Posted in britain, deer, England, europe, folk, london, may, nature, photoblog, Photography, relax, richmond park, road trip, stag, surrey, Time-lapse, tourism, travel, Uncategorized, unusual, Video, weather, writing on May 14th, 2014 by wabisabipix

A rainy day anywhere in London is not generally something to write home about and when its blowing a howling storm its even less appealing.However this week a stroll in Richmond Park in West London armed with just a Panasonic SD700 camcorder,on a foray into time-lapse videography, proved quite a treat when I found myself perched under a tree as a heavy downpour accompanied by a howling wind and menacing clouds rolled across the area. Much to my surprise as the rain eased off for a few moments, a glorious rainbow spread across the sky forming in effect a double rainbow.Soon another deluge rolled in and yet another multicoloured manifestation spread across the sky followed by yet another deluge.In total in a matter of one hour I counted three rainbows before the dusk drew in.Not bad for an afternoon stroll but unfortunately I have yet to stumble across a pot of gold!

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Richmond Park Stag Rut 2009

Posted in deer, England, london, moods, nature, october, photo, Photography, relax, richmond park, rut, stag, surrey, travel, walks, wildlife, writing on October 25th, 2009 by wabisabipix

Kd deer rut 2009 7October is here again and Autumn is in full swing as nature pulls out one of its last ace cards before the dark days of winter descend.Yet again I find myself witness to the annual stag rut in Richmond Park Surrey near London.

The scene is set for one of the most spectacular and active periods of animal behaviour in the seasonal calender of the Park as male stags compete for control of the female deer and try to create harems with which to mate .The event provides some primeval and stunning action that has remained unchanged since time began and if you have a bit of seasonal mist can be  a very memorable experience.

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Armed with an Nikkor 300mm f2.8 and a 500mm f4 on a D200 body,I followed the herd for a morning observing the behaviour as the hours passed watching for any clashes and unusual behaviour.The Stags can be quite reactionary and the slightest noise can send them charging off at a perceived threat so its wise to shoot from a distance and give them space,it surprises me no end that people are frequently letting lose dogs and children to chase them!!

It is a stunning way to spend the morning and you get a bit of exercise as well.Heres a selection of pics I took so please enjoy and maybe consider a visit yourself.

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You looking at me!!!

All the best.

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So you think you have a headache!

Posted in competiton, deer, England, nature, october, relax, richmond park, rut, stag, travel, Uncategorized, walks, wildlife on October 19th, 2009 by wabisabipix

Check out this poor chap showing the result of several weeks of rutting in the annual rut in Richmond Park near London.The ladies don’t seem too bothered however and the hornless chap still seemed to have a vast harem.Stag like this quite often prove to be the Boss however since their potentially lethal single antler quite often ignores the Queensberry rules when it comes to fighting!

Alls fair in love and war I guess!

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A few other images on a relatively fight free day,I guess the stags are a little knackered after several weeks of beating themselves up and chasing skirt!

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Richmond Park rare bird sighting

Posted in art, london, moods, photo, Photography, relax, richmond park, travel, Uncategorized, walks, wildlife, writing on July 26th, 2009 by wabisabipix

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Thought I would share with you a few pictures taken of Arctic Tern performing aerobatics in Richmond Park near London.

Quite an unusual sight I understand as Im

A rare Arctic Tern in Richmond Park near London

A rare Arctic Tern in Richmond Park near London

A rare Arctic Tern in Richmond park

Arctic Tern in London

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They were visibly hovering and diving in a spectacular manner while catching fish at the Pen Ponds providing much amusement to onlookers.

Sent me running back to my car for a 300mm f2.8  Nikkor.

I will say those things are very fast and unpredictable and really hilarious to watch as they try to outperform each other in the fishing stakes winding up their fishing buddies!

Altogether I saw 4  working as a team.

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Richmond Park Light

Posted in art, london, moods, photo, Photography, relax, richmond park, travel, Uncategorized, walks, wildlife, writing on July 1st, 2009 by wabisabipix

Rutting Stag Few places in the London area provide as much pleasure as a carefree stroll in Richmond Park on the outskirts of Kingston upon Thames and Richmond upon Thames with a camera in hand.It reaches its peak activity when the deer rutting season begins in late September and early October when the call of the Stag echo through the ancient oak forests and the Primeval displays begin in earnest as the Stag compete for their harems and territory.Stag Rutting in the Richmond Park Fog Richmond Park consists of 955 hectares of urban park that is approximately 3 times the size of New York Central Park  and is full of wildlife ranging from the herds of Fallow and Red deer to all variety of birds and also Green Parakeets (released in error while filming a Jimmy Hendrix video as urban legends say).Its name changed to Richmond Park by Henry the VII  it  became the home to Charles  I to escape the Plague that swept across London.It was at the time closed to the public (who still liked to sneak over the walls with a ladder or two).It has been the home to Lord John Russell the Prime minister in 1847 and consequently his son the late philosopher Bertrand Russell who loved the views over the Thames from the Pembroke Lodge .The Highest Point in the park is Henry VIII mound where it is said that Henry used its vantage point to view the smoke rising indicating the execution of his wife Anne Boleyn.Photographically I find it best carrying a 300mm either an F4 or a heavier f2.8 and a wide angle while roaming the area.The Deer are reasonably approachable but can be dangerous during the rutting season.This however is the time to get the best pictures as the Stags are at their majestic best with full racks of antlers so a good long lens is the best choice.Early mornings can also be superb in  September or October when the mist provides a stunning scene for the grand battles for dominance with stag breathing  heavily in the cold air and covered in mud and excrement trying to look  their best. There are several  other areas of note and well worth a visit.The Isabella Plantation Richmond park The Isabella Plantation Richmond park.Parakeets in Richmond park The Isabella Plantation in  spring is an almost Shangrilla like place where the multicoloured plants are awe inspiring and you almost feel as if the local wildlife are surprised that you have wondered in on their little kingdom where the mask is off and they are back stage hanging out and relaxing  before the next show. In Springtime the park is the stage for new life and it fills with birds and Rabbits showing off their new born to the world.The Pen ponds is one of the best places to relax and view these new arrivals, a good telephoto lens in the region of a 300mm or a 70-200mm f 2.8 is your best bet and its also a great place to relax with the family and perhaps fly a kite or have a picnic while watching the world go by.Cycling and horse riding  are very popular in the park and there are many facilities.You may even spot the odd celebrity wandering by.It really is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Be prepared by carrying a small pack with a waterproof jacket,water and good shoes as the park is very large but its dotted with places for refreshments etc. I have just started a personal gallery of images from various places including Richmond park so please feel free to visit and take a look and I hope it provides you with as much pleasure as it has for me taking the images and perhaps inspire you to do the same. All the best. Heron At pen Ponds Richmond Park             Sheen gate View Richmond park Heron at the Pen Ponds Richmond Park and the view from Sheen Gate.

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