So many thanks to those who CC'd on my Bittern upload.
I was away in Hampshire over last weekend and took a trip to Arne. A lovely place with lots of salt marsh and woodland habitat and I managed to get a few shots of Sika Deer (V1) - a beautiful spotted deer that was introduced to the UK many years ago and which is natural to the far east. It is the same genus as the indigenous Red deer and apparently hybridizes freely.
It is naturalized in the Arne reserve and the adults retain their spots into adulthood. Whereas Red deer prefer moorland habitat with patches of forest and tend to choose to run from danger, Sika deer are supposedly more adapted to forest habitats and use stillness and camouflage as a protection habit.
I had to boost contrast and color a bit to get this motionless animal to stand out from the surrounding habitat.
This brought me to thinking about the way we see animals in the places for which they are adapted - not as isolated studies ( I think I may have mentioned this before!). In view of this I put the Swallows from my last upload into the giant sky where they abide.
I am busy with preparation for another trip to Africa but will try and manage another upload before I leave for a couple of months.
Hope you enjoy these images. A
|Camera:||Nikon D800 Check out Nikon Nation!|
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||21 Jul 2012 - 9:41 AM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/1.7|
|Exposure Mode:||Aperture-priority AE|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|