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.
Having spotted the first group of deer we then saw these, close enough to be part of the same family, but down a slope. They seemed to notice us straight away, but did little more than sniff the air and carry on eating.
Young and old Oak trees here too, as well as fallen timber. The green clumps are Holly, eaten to ground level by both the deer and ponies. There isn't much left of the old bracken, although I don't think any mammals eat it. The new fronds will be appearing through the ground soon, eventually making dense green areas which are good places for the creatures to hide.
Mike (Plentyog) has a superb pictures of Red Deer on his site this week.http://plentyog.shutterchance.com/archive.php.