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.
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:-
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.