Doe A Deer

It’s been quite wet the last few days and the woods are muddy to say the least. It was easy to spot deer tracks so I thought I’d follow them and see what I could find. I didn’t think for a minute I’d find a deer but why not just give it a go.

After ten minutes I was about to give up and head down to the river, as I thought I’d have more chance of spotting a kingfisher, when I spotted some movement off to my right . I moved behind a tree and froze as two roe deer were grazing fairly close by.

Male roe deer

Male roe deer

They’d spotted me as well and quickly bounced away. I headed off in the same direction hoping to get ahead of them but not really believing I’d see them again. I cut across the wood and then doubled back and too my surprise found them, except this time there were four of them.

Resting roe deer

Resting roe deer

I didn’t notice at the time but the female below looks to have had an injury at some point with what looks like a scar on her flank.

Female roe deer

Female roe deer

They didn’t seem at all bothered by me even though they had definitely seen me, until a dog started barking and they bounced away blending in and quickly disappearing.

 

96/365 – Mink

This isn’t an animal you want to see in the UK. They were originally farmed for their fur and animal rights activist trying to do the right thing released them into the wild. Having no real natural predators they cause devastation to local wildlife killing absolutely anything. When spotted they need to be reported so they can be trapped and removed.

One has to also understand that it’s not their fault they’re here!

Mink on the riverbank

Mink on the riverbank