E.J.Wilkins

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Sika Deer


Pronking away!


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.

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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

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The tall tree in the background with moss surrounding its trunk is a Beech.

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I do have some more pictures of these deer, I'll share them another time.
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Sika Deer


Pronking away!


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.
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comments (24)

All four feet off the ground, it looks like
EJWilkins: Yes, they were, and I was lucky because he was going really quite fast.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 2 Feb 2008, 00:21
Ellie I have enjoyed your deer photos, Yuo have done well as the are wild and dont pose for us
EJWilkins: No, they don't pose, it'd be nice if they would. I'm glad you've enjoyed the mini- series
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 2 Feb 2008, 00:33
Looks dynamic!
EJWilkins: Yep, going at quite a speed of into the trees. The others didn't bother moving though
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Feb 2008, 01:43
Great series on the woodlands...and their pronking inhabitants...Ellie.
EJWilkins: grin It's a good word isn't it.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • 2 Feb 2008, 01:57
They are amazing animals and you did a great job of capturing him!
EJWilkins: Thanks Helen, I enjoyed my short time with them, they're moments I'll treasure
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 2 Feb 2008, 07:21
cute...
EJWilkins: He looks it, yes smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 2 Feb 2008, 08:54
Beautiful series Ellie. Beautiful creatures and you have captured them so well, in such a lovely woodland area.
EJWilkins: Sheer luck Aussie, you know that - both the good fortune of living near the New Forest and the chance encounter with these deer. I'm glad you've enjoyed the pictures this week
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 2 Feb 2008, 09:18
Pretty little bottom!
EJWilkins: And remarkably white too, makes me wonder how they keep clean
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 2 Feb 2008, 10:32
lovely capture Elliesmile
EJWilkins: Thanks Tim smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 2 Feb 2008, 11:18
Pronking! I think that's the most glorious word I have learned in a long time, Ellie. You caught him in the act of pronking and I will never forget it! smile
EJWilkins: It's a wonderful word, I challenge you to use it in conversation some time this week. wink
  • Pops
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Feb 2008, 11:40
The series have been a pleasure.
To catch this with all 4 feet off the ground was a real bonus
EJWilkins: It sure was a bonus, this was the last time I clicked the shutter before he'd vanished, and was the shot immediately after the first one I shared on Monday. He was going a lot faster than seemed possible. I'm glad you've enjoyed this series Paul
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 2 Feb 2008, 11:54
Pronking well that's a new word for me Ellie.

The deer looks a bit like a springbok with it being off the ground..smile

Another great capturesmile
EJWilkins: I think it's a wonderful word too. Glad you've enjoyed these pictures Tracy
beautiful fotografia



Greetings.
EJWilkins: Thank you very much for your kind comment Cascarilleiro.
Gracias mucho por su comentario bueno Cascarilleiro.
  • Aksel
  • Norway
  • 2 Feb 2008, 13:11
I like how the trees to the right and left are framing the deer
EJWilkins: You noticed - I cropped it that way because I thought it would work best. Thanks Aksel
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 2 Feb 2008, 13:28
Going home on the jump, perfect serie, you are so fortunate, I keep repaeting it, this was a delightful set of pictures.
EJWilkins: We were very fortunate, it's something we probably won't see again. I'm glad you've enjoyed this little series as much as I enjoyed putting it together smile
Great capture Ellie. The four feet off the ground! Excellent timing
EJWilkins: The timing was sheer luck I assure you, he was moving so fast and the up/down movement so quick that I was lucky the whole thing wasn't completely blurry
  • mickyboy
  • North Yorkshire
  • 2 Feb 2008, 14:20
I have so enjoyed these shots of the deer. most of us dont get to see them so close. Thank you Ellie.
EJWilkins: I've never seen them so close either, it's been fun to share them and I'm so pleased they've been enjoyed by so many people smile
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 2 Feb 2008, 18:30
The King of the wood ...
EJWilkins: Absolutely right, but a teeny bit of a coward too wink
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich...has been sunny but cold
  • 2 Feb 2008, 18:30
Pronking...what a wonderful word! I have really enjoyed your deer pictures
EJWilkins: I think it's a wonderful word too - now, how can I use it in conversation? I'm pleased you've enjoyed this little series, I thoroughly enjoyed putting it together smile
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 2 Feb 2008, 18:50
What's with the behind shots today? Seems to be the shutterchance theme! wink
EJWilkins: wink Could be because it's the end of the week ....
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 2 Feb 2008, 20:34
Well done with all of these shots Ellie smile
EJWilkins: Thanks Chris, I'm pleased with the way they came out, no time to do much more than press the button and hope for the best.
Nice set of pictures Ellie. Must get some like this myself,there is a "Wildlife" competition coming up in my club soon.
EJWilkins: I'm sure you've got plenty of wildlife close to where you live, but if you ever feel like coming down this way I'd be happy to show you parts of the Forest where you are likely to see deer - not necessarily these Sika but Fallow Deer.
Also great! reminds me of people saying "my ass" when you make a proposal they don't like smile. This animal's ass is more friendly because opf its heart shape: I love you, but I prefer to be gone smile. Just the right moment, too, with all his feet above the ground!
  • gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 3 Feb 2008, 16:57
Beautiful.. lovely shot Ellie

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