Sunday, 1 November 2015


The only time that deer look less than immaculate is during the annual spring moult. In this they differ sharply from farm livestock; both cattle and sheep are prone to lie in their own dung which then sticks to their coats. Not so with deer. They seem to have a natural fastidiousness.

The grooming certainly aids their beautiful contribution to the decorative qualities in the landscape. This All Hallows morning was balmy and the autumn colourings were given a soft focus by the slight haze.

Spotless was the young deer calf. When seen last it was covered in spots. The hinds are remarkably efficient in keeping them hidden in some of Blacka's least accessible woodland but this warm weather was hard to resist. From side on deer can look surprisingly long in the body.

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