Stag-gering! Beautiful images capture bellowing stags roaring in morning mist
Jaw-dropping images of the most beautiful and bellowing stags covered in the golden light of dawn have been captured in Bushy Park, London.
Images show the stags roaming around freely in the park enjoying the warmth of the first rays of the sun on a cold London morning.
There are currently about 320 deer in the park, and their grazing is essential to maintain the high wildlife value of the park’s grasslands.
Stags bellow to warn off intruding stags or for the attention of their hinds.
A stag is seen bellowing for attention in the first light of dawn at Bushy Park in west London
‘I arrived early in the morning to capture the first of the sunlight and the mist rising,’ said Marc
These images were captured by Marc Freebrey, 48, with a Nikon D850, Nikon Prime 500mm lens, f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 1000.
‘I arrived early in the morning to capture the first of the sunlight and the mist rising,’ said Marc.
‘You can see and hear the stags roar as they try to attract female attention.’
He added: ‘It’s thrilling to be in their environment, but you have to be constantly aware of your surroundings and ensure you do not get in the way of stags or mother and calf.
‘It was thrilling and scary in equal measures
‘People often do not appreciate the effort and dedication required and on this occasion I travelled a total of six hours to get the photos.’
The stag bellows for the attention of the female deer at Bushy Park in West London
Marc said he travelled six hours in total and arrived very early to snap the deep in first light
Red and fallow deer have roamed freely in the park since the land was given to Henry VIII
‘It was thrilling and scary in equal measures,’ said photographer Marc Freebray, 48
Bushy Park is one of eight Royal Parks in London.
It spans over 1,000 acres and is home to a variety of plants and animals.
The park became a royal park when it was gifted to Henry VIII by his advisor, Cardinal Wolsey.
Red and fallow deer have freely roamed in the park since the land was given to Henry VIII to hunt in.
For safety, it is advised to always stay 50 meters away from the deer at all times.
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