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 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 same part of the group as yesterday, they were beginning to move slowly away, they weren't panicking.
The trees, including the dead one in the left foreground, are Oak. Fallen wood isn't collected and tidied away as part of Forest management, it's left to lie because it's an essential part of the woodland ecosystem, providing homes for insects and fungi; as the timber decays nutrients pass back into the soil.
Plentyog has a superb picture of Red Deerhttp://plentyog.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Deer_Herd,_Margam_Park_/.