Early September, and although the day started a bit misty on the coast, there was the promise of some pleasant sunshine in the forecast. We decided to head out for the Holkham area to look at the possibility of getting some shots of fallow deer.

Fallow Deer Bucks at Holkham Hall


Fallow Deer Bucks

Fallow Buck at rest


Fallow Buck at rest

Fallow Buck


Fallow Buck

With allegedly more deer in the UK now than in Medieval times, we often see small groups of deer grazing on the farmland. As well as Muntjac and Chinese water deer in the marsh lands along the North Norfolk coast. At Holkham it’s not uncommon to come across small groups of Fallow deer, the most social of our deer.  What we didn’t realise was that these were all part of a large herd of about 500 deer.  That live around the hall together with a smaller herd of Red deer. So the challenge was to see if we could get some shots of them as they begin to gather for the autumn rut.

Holkham Park

It wasn’t difficult to see both species, but I thought that getting close enough to get decent shots might be difficult. Although not yet rutting the bucks seemed to be gathering at the edge of a group of does. Who were mostly lying down resting making the most of the September sunshine.

Fallow Deer Fawns & Does at Holkham Hall


Fallow Deer Fawns & Does

Fallow Buck and Does at Holkham Hall


Fallow Buck and Does

Fallow Buck


Fallow Buck

 

After a walk around the lake to check out the birds and the nature trail. We tried to get some images of the a few very skittish bucks that seemed to be eyeing up the does. The alpha buck seemed to be resting in the shade, but obviously in charge for the moment. The main group seemed fairly relaxed about humans getting close to them. Although my guess is that next month as the bucks begin to rut things might be very different.

On to Titchwell

After lunch we moved along the coast for a quick visit to Titchwell to see if  any of our winter visitors were present. There were a number of Spotted Redshank, Bar Tailed Godwit, Black Tailed Godwit and wintering Ruff on the marsh. Together with a few Grey Plover and a large flock of Golden Plover.

Spotted Redshank


Spotted Redshank

Ruff in winter plumage


Ruff in winter plumage

Black Tailed godwit


Black Tailed godwit