Budding Wildlife Photographer?

Muntjac
@Ronrybs (7302)
London, England
March 8, 2016 7:05am CST
I always carry a camera when I go for a walk. Mostly I take pictures of static things, but lately I have been seeing a lot more Muntjac deer. These little beasties, about the size of a Labrador dog, are shy and until the other day I never got a shot of one. I spotted this one before he spotted me, but after the first click of the camera, he was off, over the canal bridge. I thought I had a nice shot of him looking back at me, but with the exception of this one, all the other shots were out of focus. Drat! Still, at least I know where to find them so now I need to get better at capturing that image!
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@fishtiger58 (30380)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Mar 16
I have never heard of this type of deer. I do hope you can manage to get another shot of one sometime.
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
8 Mar 16
Fairly sure I know 'where they live', just need to walk there often
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@fishtiger58 (30380)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Mar 16
@Ronrybs Yes and sit quietly.
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
8 Mar 16
@fishtiger58 Yep, no more demonstrating that I can't sing!
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@teamfreak16 (40502)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Mar 16
We have a herd come and graze the bush's right outside our window. They are used to people, so we can get fairly close without scaring them.
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
8 Mar 16
I don't trust things that move around in herds!
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@LadyDuck (146932)
• Switzerland
8 Mar 16
What a beautiful photo! Congratulations, it's not easy to be able to take the shot before the animals run away.
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
8 Mar 16
Through the viewfinder, the shot of the deer looking back looked a nice one. Not impressed it was really out of focus!
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@owlwings (38854)
• Cambridge, England
8 Mar 16
I have yet to see a muntjac, though they were very common in the village I used to live in. I have seen red deer and roe deer near the house but never a muntjac! A friend of mine (who lives in a fairly built-up area but, nevertheless, a village has recently seen another small deer which is also becoming fairly common - the Chinese Water Deer. This is also about the size of a largish dog but its distinguishing feature is its 'fangs' or tusks which grow downwards from the top jaw.
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
8 Mar 16
Heard of the water deer, but never seen one... yet! I seen red and roe on parks where they are quite used to people wandering by.
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@bluesa (13430)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
8 Mar 16
Aw, that is so cute! I hope they are protected. I am glad you got this good snap of it. :)
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
8 Mar 16
I don't so, there are lots of them. When I lived in Lincolnshire and Rutland, you were almost tripping over them!
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@JudyEv (118544)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Mar 16
I've read about the muntjac deer in England. He is certainly small. Are they considered a pest in your area?
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
8 Mar 16
I think they are in more arable farming areas, but around here they seem to thrive along the canal and golfcourses
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• United States
8 Mar 16
Where was this taken Ron? I never knew those animals were in London?
@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
8 Mar 16
About two miles from Heathrow Airport, on the western edge of London
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• United States
8 Mar 16
@Ronrybs Amazing to find them there Ron. You got a great shot of him.
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@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
8 Mar 16
@TiarasOceanView With practise I think I can do better!
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@rebelann (38834)
• El Paso, Texas
8 Mar 16
Nice shot all things considered, the hardest subjects to photograph are children, pets and wildlife. The former two always ruin that wonderful pose you want to capture, kids smile or act silly when they see a camera pointing at them and pets change that cute pose you'd just seen. As for wildlife, be glad you even got the unfocused ones, when I've tried to capture that lizard I usually just get a shot of the space he'd been in a second before I snapped the shot.
@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
8 Mar 16
I've got lots of shots of blurry space!
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@rebelann (38834)
• El Paso, Texas
8 Mar 16
Me too @Ronrybs but I never give up. Have you tried using a tripod and a zoom lens? A friend of mine does that and gets fair shots of birds but then she doesn't have dogs that would topple the dillybob.
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@Lucky15 (33435)
• Philippines
8 Mar 16
You still have captured the deer..even just the side ;)
@Ronrybs (7302)
• London, England
8 Mar 16
Better luck next time, I hope!
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