Local doctor Philip Marazzi has been photographing roe deer on West Horsley Place estate and has kindly shared his images and experiences with us.
– How did you come to know West Horsley Place?
I have been a GP in the area for over 25years and have always enjoyed walking on the estate paths.
-How do you go about capturing the perfect image of roe deer on the estate?
More recently, I have tried to find a little more time to photograph the roe deer which I particularly love watching. They can appear at any time, but like most mammals in the UK are most likely to be seen at the beginning and end of the day. They are relatively relaxed, but you still need to move slowly and quietly and use a long telephoto lens where possible. It can be very frustrating when you line up a perfect picture and your subject bolts at the last second!
– As a doctor by trade what drew you to wildlife photography?
Wildlife photography has been a passion since childhood, but modern general practice is very busy, and getting out with my camera is the perfect antidote to that stress.
– What does the estate mean to you as a resource for local residents?
The estate is simply beautiful, and it is so lovely to be able to walk out of my front door and into such stunning countryside. We are very lucky as local residents to have this available to us.
-What is your favourite photo you have taken on the estate?
My favourite pictures are the portraits of the bucks. I am yet to get a shot of them rutting so that is my target for this summer!
All images courtesy of Dr Philip Marazzi. A full album of roe deer photographs by Dr Marazzi can be found on our facebook page here.
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