Last Sunday, when we went for a walk in the New Forest near Beaulieu, we saw a group of 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 and disappeared into the woodland.
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 we are back to the running Stag from the first picture of the week. He really did move fast and I know this is slightly blurry, but it shows him with all four feet off the ground and I think it gives an idea of how be was moving. This picture also shows his white rump very clearly. He was the only one of the group of deer to take flight. We left them in peace after about ten glorious minutes of watching them, we thought we had worried them enough.
The way this stag ran was the giveaway for identification. While searching for information about deer I discovered that
"Sika will bound off, jumping off all four feet together as though mounted on springs. Reminiscent of African plains antelope, this unusual movement is known as pronking
There is more information about these deer - here -
at CountrySports and CountryLife.com
The tall tree in the background with moss surrounding its trunk is a Beech.
I do have some more pictures of these deer, I'll share them another time..