Three hungry deer decided it was time for an afternoon snack and waded into a nearby pond to steal bread from the ducks.
The cute fallow deer swam among ducks and geese, eating the bits scattered for them – resulting in some magnificent pictures.
And Matthew Cattell, 33, who watched the unusual scene unfold on Monday in Bushy Park, London, was on hand to capture some striking snaps of the herd’s mischievous behavior.
“I appreciate the posture of the picture and find it appealing,” said Mark from Bracknell, London.
“The reflections were what piqued my interest – of the three deer in the lake. This, I believe, is probably my favorite shot of the deer.
“It’s definitely starting to feel autumnal now, and the colors are shifting rapidly in certain places.
“This was an afternoon shot and I’d had a bit of spare time so I decided to pop over.
“We’re approaching the season for deer mating, so I went to scope out whether the deers were displaying any indications of it.”
“I was preparing to go home when I noticed something happening.
“I waited for about 10 minutes for them to sort of arrange themselves in the sort of grouping to take the photograph – so I almost drove off without the photo at all.
“The photographs have received a lot of good comments, ranging from general approval to back-pats and praises.
“The deers were munching on the bread that people were giving to the ducks, and they were very comfortable.
“I wouldn’t get that close to deer in the wild because they are still dangerous animals even in a park area.
“They can act on their own initiative, and you can’t always anticipate what they’ll do.”
Matthew loves photographing wildlife because of his passion for nature. He recently became a full-time photographer, and he enjoys shooting wild animals since he has such a fondness for the great outdoors.
“I’ve spent a lot of time photographing puffins on Skomer Island lately, but my main interests have been coastal photography recently.
“I’ve also been walking along the River Thames’ bank, just photographing animals I come across in a more urban setting.
“Deer have been my long-standing project — I’ve shot many photos of them.
“This is a personal project I’ve been working on for the last three years.”
“I’ve recently gone from part-time to full-time, so I now have more possibilities – even though I’m a professional photographer.
“This is the first time I’ve ever taken a camera with me, and while it’s been a while since I’ve used one, it’s still fun.”