Stag and .....
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.
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.
This is the Stag that was in my first picture. He looked intently at us for some time. In my other shots I can see he gradually extends his neck as he catches our scent, but this one is where he's quite relaxed. I like the way this picture clearly shows his facial markings, which are so useful for identification.
I've chosen this out of all those I took of him because, if you look behind the centre of his antlers you can see a grey squirrel.
When I was editing the thumbnails I could see something had moved, just behind his head - it was the squirrel, I presume it was recovering buried acorns.