Thursday, 20 October 2011

Suffolk Red Deer

We love going to Dunwhich Heath in October when the deer rut is going on. Early mornings out before breakfast a walk across the heath, you can hear the stags bellowing and sometimes the crash of antlers. Females can be seen in the clearings and you might get a glimpse of a stag coming in to view. It is so evocative, a great atmosphere often (not this year) with hard frosts and then a full english breakfast to set you up for the day (I love cooked breakfasts).

Then another walk across the heath or through Minsmere. Very difficult to beat.

This year the weather was great, the deers bellowing, we saw females dashing in an opening. One afternoon we saw this fine fellow and his ladies relaxing close to Minsmere. The second shot was my SLR handheld, the first image my second ever digi shot, compact just held to scope. And the winner is _ _ _ not sure! I cannot admit its the first one!

Th RSPB do some great stuff, watch points for the rut, land rover safaris led by fellow blogger, one day perhaps I will attend.

Laying in the meadow its not quite Monarch of the Glen stuff but how many without an interest in wildlife know what goes on in darkest Suffolk, etc?

1. Digiscoped

2. SLR  500mm lens

A great looking stag with fine multi point antlers.


Roy said...

Hi Mike, oddly enough I have just tried Digiscoping with the same method as you. I have found already that there isn't the depth of field in the digi shots as there is in the DSLr and lens.
I think hats the same with your two shots here. The digi one looks flat which is exactly how mine have turned out. Perhaps with a properly attached camera it works OK.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks very much for your comment Roy, it's an amazing coincidence that you are giving digi scoping a try.
I have always thought digi images are a little washed out and clearly if it was a close too shot it would never be as sharp as an SLR.
On the plus side I might get a record shot when there is no chance with my SLR and lenses.
So I might get a proper bracket/fixing at some point.
The RSPB binocular/digiscoping chaps at Minsmere said to zoom in up to 2.5 x's, no more.

John said...

Hi Mike,
Great shots, both of them! The difference is the distance, obviously closer with digiscoping, but the DSLR shot looks clearer, to me!
You will never get the `quality` of shot from digiscoping that you get from DSLR, although my friend Mike Weedon gets some stunning digi shots! Check them out on his blog @ Weedons World!

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