Wild Deer Wednesday

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My oh my, what a handsome fella.

It started off with two beautiful Muntjac deer, a male and a female, coming into the clearing. Snap, snap away I went with my camera.

Then a female fallow deer. Then another. Then a baby fallow deer. More females. Then the stag. In total a Stag, 7 females and a baby!

This handsome chap unfortunately had a very bad limp. He didn’t seem deterred and still has seven ladies trailing around after him!

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Flight of the Short Eared Owl

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Went down to the Severn Estuary today looking to photograph wading birds.  Stumbled upon a load of keen birders by a field. Lo and behold a Short Eared Owl.

Spectacular viewing.

Crap joke of the day :

Q: What’s the commonest owl in the UK?
A: The TeatOwl

Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)

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Early morning spot of a Hawthorn Shieldbug.  A very pretty bug I think.

Due to go into hibernation in late autumn, hopefully!

Two Rather Game Birds

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Red Legged Partridge get scared by Pheasant.

I sat and watched this Red Legged Partridge (on the right) for ages as it casually sat on a mud mound.

It seemed unaware of the group of pheasants creeping along the woodland edge.

Then the pheasant popped up onto the mud mound next to the Partridge and this shot is the result.

Panic Panic Panic!

Strange as they are so often seen together.  Guess it got took by surprise.

Autumn in Full Flow

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So now we are finally getting to Autumn.  It’s still very mild outside though and there are plenty of things to see.

Another small selection from recent encounters.

Wild Fallow Deer

Kestrel

Dragonflies still handing about

Some of the usual suspects …

Robin

Blue Tit

Dunnock

Still some insects searching out for what they can …

Great Spotted Woodpecker


Pied Wagtail (by the River)

Wren

Hoping to see (and capture) some of our Winter visitors soon, when they arrive.