Midsummer Deer

June 26, 2011

For the last four weeks the Roe Deer have been keeping a low profile. The group has dispersed, although on occasion the sandy doe is accompanied by the young buck, the majority of the time she can be seen on her own. This is preparation for giving birth in seclusion. As usual it is the ears that give her away in the ripening barley. Always alert she will monitor your progress along the railway line until she decides that you are safely out of the way. This is not always the case – a couple of weeks ago I caught a combination of young pheasant poults and the Roe doe wholly unawares. They sprang out from the fence line in unison and made their way to safety towards keeper’s Wood. The doe was the first to regain her composure and, having decided that she has a sufficient gap, recommenced grazing – panic over.

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