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rambler > rambler Blog > DAY 48, SUNSHINE AND FALLOW DEER
17/02/2013 - 9:22 PM

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The sun shone this morning and that tempted me to go for a walk in the forest. Before I did that I tried out an old Sigma mirror lens on my Canon 7D and although the results were better than before, due to the better light, they were still not good.

img-8447-edited-1.jpg As you can see the shot lacks clarity and the depth of focus is extremely small. Oh well it was worth a try.

Off then to the forest which is largely devoid of life at this time of year with still dormant trees and no insects to attract the birds, but I did come across two herds of Fallow deer in my wanderings. I had made the climb up the big view, a steep wooded hillside with an open plain that looks west across Hertfordshire. Then I crossed the bridle path and made my way through the trees to an open grassy area of heathland close to the Wakes Arms roudabout. It was here that I disturbed four or more deer who made off across the heathland. Fearing that they might make for the busy road I circled away from them untill I could take cover behind a tree a few hundred yards from them. They were obviously unsure of where I had gone so I got this shot of them:-

img-8486-edited-1.jpg Fallow deer with radar ears.

From there I headed to an area I had see many times from the road that is full of little ponds of all shapes and sizes. The mounds between them are covered in moss making it one of the few green areas at this time of year.
From there I headed back through a valley that has been cut by a stream and came across the second and larger herd of deer who made off deeper into the forest before I could raise the camera to my eye. I did find their resting place under three large holly trees that formed a perfect canopy to protect them from the rain.



JawDborn Plus Member 3861 forum postsJawDborn vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 10:29 PM

I enjoyed your narrative and photos. Thanks, Ken.Smile


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rambler Plus Member 7482 forum postsrambler vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
17 Feb 2013 - 11:02 PM

Many thanks Jack, I am pleased you enjoyed it, life is for sharing Smile


SlowSong Plus Member 75484 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 9:25 AM

How lovely. I was only saying to my husband yesterday as we drove to The Owl that I wondered where all the deer congregated. I guess you just have to do a lot of walking and get lucky. What time of day did you see them Ken?

lobsterboy Site Moderator 1114440 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 11:14 AM

There do seem to be a lot more deer about at the moment, I seem to see them all the time now in areas I have walked for years without seeing them.

rambler Plus Member 7482 forum postsrambler vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 11:54 PM

Yes Chris, I saw two more tonight, as I drove home, at the side of the road waiting to cross.
I think they may have been Roe deer as they were smaller.

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