OCTOBER 2018 – WALK EVERY DAY FOR A WEEK CHALLENGE – DAY 1 – more info here.
Getting Up Early
We went to see the wild red deer in the Peak District again today, to catch them during the rutting season. Getting up at 6 am certainly paid off. We arrived at Curbar Gap Car Park at 7.30am where we met our friend Kev. By the way, Kev is an amazing wildlife photographer, check his photos on flicker here. The amazing sunset was in full swing as we started our walk to White Edge.
Unfortunately, it was very misty so not the best conditions for photography, but I love the mysterious look of the landscape in the fog. I was also very eager to test my new Canon 100 – 400 mm Mark II lens. I am still working my way around this lens, so it is all a work in progress in terms of my wildlife photography.
Wild Red Deer
Soon we could hear two stags bellowing at each other to get the hinds (female deer) on their side and so we spotted them very quickly. The roaring is quite extraordinary. Once you hear it, you will definitely remember it for rest of your life.
Wild deer are such amazing, majestic creatures. I just love watching them.
This beautiful stag was just crossing our path, completely oblivious to us. This is the closest I have ever encountered a wild red deer. Pretty chuffed about that. One of those “hold your breath and enjoy” moments.
Weekend Mornings at the Peak District
As I said above, we arrived at Curbar Gap Car Park at 7.30pm and to my surprise, the car park was half full! I kind of didn’t expect this. It is a completely different experience to visit the Peak District in the early mornings during a weekend. For instance, it attracts a very different crowd of people.
You can see quite a few photographers hunting for their best sunrise images and of course, as it is the rutting season now, for the wild red deer. Moreover, the Peaks also have few fell runners and occasional early dog walkers at this time of the day.
The fresh morning air, silence and the magical feeling of solitude in this vast, beautiful and ever-changing landscape accompanied by its stunning wildlife is what does it for me.
Read more about the wild red deer in the Peak District in my previous post here.
All of a sudden, it got very sunny. South Africa or the Peak District? 😉
Look at that gorgeous Skylark. I wonder what is he thinking about?
Hind versus Doe?
Hind refers specifically to the female of the red deer; doe to the female of any other deer or similar animals such as reindeer, antelope or goat.
Do Something Different
Amazing morning with great company. Our son can’t wait to tell all about it at his “show and tell” to his classmates at school. If you can, make an effort and get outdoors early in the morning or at sunset time. Do something you don’t usually do, it is an amazing experience and you will feel amazing.