My favourite photographic subject is Roe deer and over the last five or six years I've spent literally thousands of hours watching them and trying to learn as much as I can about their behaviour and trying to pinpoint specific areas of their home range that they prefer to use depending on the time of year and the weather.
I've spent the most amount of time concentrating my efforts on following the life of one particular doe. Initially she was extremely wary, as Roe usually are, but over time and by patiently letting her know I'm there but that I present no danger, she has become very relaxed in my presence. So much so that I frequently have her graze, groom and even lie down whilst I sit quietly, often little more than fifty or sixty feet away.
A personal goal of mine was to photograph her in either snow or a hoar frost.
I finally had my oppurtunity earlier this week when the whole landscape was coated in a stunningly beautiful coating of thick frost.
I made my way to an area where I hoped she'd be, thankfully she was there, along with her seven month old fawn.
She accepted my presence and I was fortunate enough to spend an extremely enjoyable and satisfying hour photographing her and her fawn as they groomed themselves and grazed amongst the frost-coated heather.
This picture shows the fawn with his/her distinctive pale colured eyebrows.
When they're chewing I often like to fire off a small burst of two or three frame to see if I can capture an open-mouthed expression, hence the expression you see here.