I took the pleasure a few weeks ago of visiting the beautiful Island of Jura, Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland, probably most famous for it’s mountainous landscape and the vast amount of ‘Jura Deer’ that are scattered about the Island.
I had read somewhere that there were somewhere in the region of 5,000 deer roaming the Island, that is quite astonishing so needless to say I was hoping to capture some images of these on my little trip and I didn’t have to wait long, I caught site of some roe deer not long after getting of the ferry on the drive to Craighouse and decided to stop and get some shots of them whilst still pretty far away from them as I find roe deer very skittish and if you get too close they are off and running. As you can see here, despite me being a fair distance away behind a wall and still in my car they were still aware of my presence, I’m always tempted to put a caption in images like these lol
As cute as roe deer are they don’t really compete with a Stag when it comes to a photographic choice. The size and power these beasts show off amazes me especially during the ‘rut’ and I’ll hopefully return during the mating season to capture some of the fully grown males having a right go at each other, but in the mean time they are bulking themselves up just as these ones were and not really too bothered by my presence allowing me to get in a bit closer than the roe’s.
This last image I’m posting into Nancy Merill’s A Photo a Week Challenge Theme: Dead Center seeing as the Stag is composed Dead Center of the frame and fits well with her theme this week.
Jura certainly offers lots of photographic opportunities, be it landscape or wildlife and a return is definitely on the cards for a walk up the paps and some more wildlife. I did capture other wildlife during this trip that will be posted as and when I get the chance with a highlight being two White Tailed Eagles soaring above me for a few moments, enough time to get a couple of images away 🙂