Friday, 21 May 2010

All doey Eyed

I was out, taking part in a survey today, near Goudhurst. Most of the time was spent scanning the skies, but at one pint I heard some movement in the strip of woodland behind me.

I was surprised, when I peered in, to see this face peering back at me. I didn't hang around, not wanting to disturb it. I thought at the time that it was a Fallow Deer, as it was quite large. Looking a the photograph, admittedly showing a half hidden deer, I can't see any spots. I know that they can be quite faded and aren't always prominent, but as I am not at all competent in identifying deer, especially with so many introductions around, I am not now 100% certain of the species.

A few minutes ago this badger turned up for a snack. I still find that the individuals can be difficult to identify. but I'm not 100% sure that I know this one. I did manage to slide the door open, so that I could take some photos with out the glass window in between the camera and subject.

Last night was a better night for mothing. This list of my catch is here.

1 comment:

Marianne said...

It looks like a Fallow Deer to me, a buck with antlers in bud. As you say, coat colour and pattern is variable, and in the spotted forms the spots develop through late spring so this one could yet become spottier. It seems to have some kind of injury around its mouth, poor thing.

I love your blog, by the way!