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Pulborough Deer

Pulborough Brooks is known primarily for the variety of bird life that can be seen there (it is an RSPB sanctuary), but there is also a small herd of melanistic fallow deer that can occasionally be seen in the distance (it’s astonishing how they can simply disappear from view in the long grasses).

Fallow deer at Pulborough Brooks

Fallow deer at Pulborough Brooks

Once again I ventured off the main walks and cut across the paths to the Arun where a couple of little egrets were out and about.

Little egret at Pulborough Brooks

Little egret at Pulborough Brooks

Little egret at Pulborough Brooks

Little egret at Pulborough Brooks

The main proper sighting was this common sandpiper (at least I think it’s a ‘common’, seen from above from one of the smaller hides.

Common sandpiper at Pulborough Brooks

Common sandpiper at Pulborough Brooks

Common sandpiper at Pulborough Brooks

Common sandpiper at Pulborough Brooks

One last shot from that visit (Thursday), a fine kestrel who was perched in the wooded ‘heathland’ area which is away from the main nature trails (but worth investigating).

Kestrel at Pulborough Brooks

Kestrel at Pulborough Brooks

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. For the deer, egrets, and sandpiper I added a 1.4 MkIII extender.

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A Deer Encounter

The sharp frost made me re-think my lunchtime walk today, and instead of the pond I headed over to the local fields just at the edge of Falmer. The light was ‘in and out’, but generally it was fine and with no wind to speak of the near freezing conditions were actually quite pleasant. It wasn’t long before I spotted some movement across the fields. A roe deer, but a long way off. I decided to try to get a bit closer and, keeping close to the hedgerow, headed down the valley and towards this bank of hay situated out in the field.

haystack

The deer had settled just a little way beyond here, and the hay provided a good barrier to keep my approach hidden. To my amazement it worked!

roe deer

I stayed put for several minutes before very slowly edging around the hay. The roe didn’t take any notice of me, but I did startle a pair of red-legged partridges who were lurking at the front of the stack.

Red legged partridge

I kept close to the hay, moving as little as possible.

roe deer

She picked herself up after 5 or 10 minutes of quiet watching, stuck her tongue out and wandered off.

roe deer

And looked back one last time before ambling away. I headed in the opposite direction. it had been great watching her, but work beckoned.

roe deer

As I was heading back to the road, I heard noises in the distance and two more roe deer came hurtling across the field in the distance.

roe deer

And that was it. A brief lunchtime encounter, but such a good one.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Fallow Deer at Pulborough

Ok, this isn’t the promised post on gulls (though here’s a taster). Instead I’m posting a couple of photos of fallow deer taken yesterday at Pulborough Brooks RSPB reserve, in West Sussex.

Fallow deer

fallow deer

(click to enlarge)

Fallow deer

I’ve also added a page with more fallow deer photos from the same sequence.

Being an RSPB reserve, there were of course plenty of birds to see as well, including a peregrine giving a group of ducks a mighty scare (the peregrine left emptied-clawed on this occasion).

peregrine falcon

There was also a small group (I counted four) of avocets, very possibly the first time I’ve seen or photographed this iconic bird.

Avocet

Avocet

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

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