Last Sunday, when we went for a walk in the New Forest near Beaulieu, we saw a group of Sika Deer. (*edit 01/02/08 - At first incorrectly identified as Red Deer) It's the first time I've ever seen these deer in the wild. We were able to watch them for quite a few minutes until they caught our scent.
I'm indulging myself this week and will be posting a picture of these beautiful animals each day until Saturday. All the pictures were taken with my Olympus E-400 and the 'kit' 40-150 mm lens.
Here's the group as we first spotted them. Most of the females are happily eating, but the three stags have worked out that there are intruders - although they aren't particularly worried.
I think the wind was helping us, it was blowing slightly towards us (away from the deer) so didn't carry our human scent towards them.
The trees you can see are Oak. I think the deer might be eating moss, holly leaves or perhaps last season's acorns, there doesn't seem to be anything else on the ground.