I was meeting a friend in Richmond this afternoon and so took my camera with me as I knew I'd have an hour or so to spare whilst I was there. I wasn't too hopeful of even going to the park as it kept raining and the sky was pretty dull. Still, I decided that I'd make use of the spare hour I had so I went for a quick drive through the park to see what was about. As soon as I drove in to the park there were deer everywhere, with Stags sitting in the long grass - beautiful, except they were nowhere near the car parks. So I decided to drive right the way round to see what else was about. I spotted one lonely male near the car park at the top of the hill of the park so decided to park there and take my chances. Needless to say he wasn't playing ball at all and walked off as soon as I fired off a couple of frames.. D200, 200-400 VR at 400mm (VR on), 1/80 second at f4, ISO200, monopod. I decided to head down the hill and walk along the bracken in case I'd missed anything when driving by. Low and behold this chap was hidden in there. 200-400 at 300mm (VR on), 1/80 second at f4, ISO200, monopod. The shots were all a bit samey as he just stood and posed in the same position the whole time! 200-400 at 250mm (VR on), 1/60 second at f4, ISO200, monopod. I got a fair few shots of him before he decided he had had enough and walked away. Very different conditions to my recent trip to bushy park (where I had a clear sky and nice sunset) but I quite like the coolness of the light and the damp look to everything from the showers, although I could have done with an umbrella! lol My favourite shot is this one... 200-400 at 400mm (VR on), 1/80 second at f4, ISO200, monopod. This is full frame, although I did try a slightly tighter crop but it felt too busy where as this somehow gave the deer more room to breath and also gave a greater sense of the enviroment he was in. Given this was a quick pop to the park just on the off chance I'm pleased to have come away with something worth keeping especially as I was there for such a short time and there is such a huge area for the deer to cover!