June 10, 2014. Wildlife photo project dedicated to the lords of the forests of Charente-Maritime, France

June 10, 2014. Wildlife photography project dedicated to the lords of the woods and forests of Charente-Maritime in the southwest of France. For six days, we surveyed many forests and grasslands to make pictures of deer and deer red deer, wild boar, deer, deer. We also have the chance to meet the Corsican sheep that have been introduced in some areas. The spring period is interesting because red deer stag and fallow deer have antlers in velvet. The red deer does have their baby.

It is not unusual to see a doe trying to nurse her fawn in a meadow. To protect their offspring, deer congregate in herds in which we were able to count up to 30 animals. The red deer stags meanwhile, stay away because the deer are not in heat. Late spring, temperatures can exceed 30 degrees Celsius. This is a great time to photograph red deers and fallow deers swimming. To achieve all our photos, we used differents technics such as photo approach or blinds.

Every situation is different. We must always be creative to adapt ourselves to the context. The lords of the woods and forests are wonderful animals to photograph but they are cunning and intelligent. The human being is a permanent threat for these big animals. We had to show a lot of cunning and patience to approach closer and make detailed pictures. For this series, we chose environmental animal portrait as thematic. This compositional technique is one of our characteristics in wildlife photography. It allows us to always show the best beauties of nature that we love so much.

 

Red deer in velvet antlers in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France
Red deer in velvet antlers in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France.

Herd of red deer velvet antler deer in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France
Herd of red deer velvet antler deer in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France.

Red deer doe during the spring in a meadow of Charente-Maritime, France
Red deer doe during the spring in a meadow of Charente-Maritime, France.

Red deer doe and her fawn in a meadow during the spring in Charente-Maritime, France
Red deer doe and her fawn in a meadow during the spring in Charente-Maritime, France.

Herd of red deer stags swimming in a pond in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France
Herd of red deer stags swimming in a pond in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France.

Axis doe surprised in a forest in the South of Charente-Maritime
Axis doe surprised in a forest in the South of Charente-Maritime.

Boxing match between two European deers in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France
Boxing match between two European deers in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France.

Doe in a meadow of Charente-Maritime, France
Doe in a meadow of Charente-Maritime, France.

Female wild boar surprised in a meadow of Charente-Maritime, France
Female wild boar surprised in a meadow of Charente-Maritime, France.

Buck roe deer in a meadow of Charente-Maritime, France
Buck roe deer in a meadow of Charente-Maritime, France.

Isabelle Guillen, wildlife professional photographer hiding in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France
Isabelle Guillen, wildlife professional photographer hiding in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France.

Isabelle Guillen, wildlife professional photographer, walking on a path in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France
Isabelle Guillen, wildlife professional photographer, walking on a path in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France.

Amar Guillen, wildlife professional photographer, hidding in a meadow of Charente-Maritime, France
Amar Guillen, wildlife professional photographer, hidding in a meadow of Charente-Maritime, France.

Amar Guillen, wildlife professional photographer, peering red deers through binoculars in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France
Amar Guillen, wildlife professional photographer, peering red deers through binoculars in a forest of Charente-Maritime, France.

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