On the 3rd November I braved the cold morning and went before dawn to Stourhead, my main objective was to hopefully take images of the autumnal colours. See my post on my Photo Diary I’ve been to Stourhead a few times around dawn and I usually see some wildlife at that time of the morning because there are only a few people around, so I decided to carry my longer focal length lens in the hope of seeing something interesting.

I knew where I wanted to be before the light came, there were a couple of photographers setting up looking at the classic view, but where I was I was completely on my own. I had to wait a little while but as I was standing looking over the lake I spotted something out of the corner of my eye on the island in front of me. I was so excited when I spotted a Muntjac deer browsing. My first real sighting of a wild Muntjac, they are very shy creatures and quite small so not easy to spot. I scrabbled quickly and as quietly as I could for my long lens and spent some time taking photos of him while he moved around the island. I’m sure he knew I was there but probably felt safe because of the water between us. It was quite dark when I took the photos and I was so pleased I managed to capture this special moment. I assume he must have swam across to get to the island. After a while he disappeared and it was time to concentrate on my landscape photography.

Muntjac deer
Muntjac deer
Muntjac deer
Muntjac deer
Muntjac deer
Muntjac deer
Muntjac deer
Muntjac deer
Muntjac deer
Muntjac deer

I couldn’t resist pointing my camera to the sky when I heard a flock of Canada geese as they flew into the lake, there was such a noise and I certainly knew they were coming.


After a while of beautiful light where I managed to get some beautiful autumn colours the cloud got thicker and the light just went, I decided to walk round the lake and look for anything interesting on the way. There was a Great Crested Grebe a distance away across the lake, Tufted ducks, Moorhens and Coots on the lake as well.

Great Crested Grebe
Great Crested Grebe

Then at the back of the lake there were a few different birds about I could hear Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Jays about collecting food to cache, Coal Tits who were in a hurry. I spotted a little bird flying to the edge of the lake and it was a Grey Wagtail, not a great picture as the light was poor and greenery in the way! The same happened with a Nuthatch and the Wren. It’s a good place for wildlife with the old trees and water I would have stayed longer but soon the people would be coming in and the wildlife would melt into the background so it was time to head home to start my day!

Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Wren
Wren

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