Mainly Mammals 2019

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Oh what a shame for you Hazy, it's horrible when you see an animal distressed & can do nothing to help. I'm like you & may have been tempted to try & herd it around the outside, but I expect it's sense of direction was telling it to go back the same way it came. Dogs off leads are a problem for wildlife in most places. In the winter they chase flocks of birds, some of whom have flown thousands of miles & are probably exhausted. In the summer they can cause the destruction of the nests of ground nesting birds like Larks.
    Thanks for all the replies for our Coypu. They are a massive problem here & we see them all the time. They do a lot of trapping & in one season around our commune & the next one they trapped about a 1000. They undermine the roads seriously apart from tucking into the corn crops in the summer/autumn. They don't have any natural predators except perhaps foxes so it's an uphill struggle.

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Hazel C said:
    . They don't have any natural predators except perhaps foxes so it's an uphill struggle.

    They sound like our grey squirrels !  

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    I keep saying that what they need to do is make Coypu pâté/stew/BBQ trendy things to eat, once they had a value the numbers would soon go down! LOL

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Don't get me started on irresponsible dog-owners!!! Well done for doing whatever you could for the deer. I'm sure it will be OK after nightfall when they tend to be more active.

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    Nige   Flickr

  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Nigel O said:
    Don't get me started on irresponsible dog-owners!!! Well done for doing whatever you could for the deer. I'm sure it will be OK after nightfall when they tend to be more active.

    Thanks Nigel,   I have to say I couldn't wait for the park to close today !!     I'm sure it will be ok once it has time to get its bearings but I couldn't locate the hinds and other youngsters anywhere.

    On a brighter note,   later on in the park I managed to photograph a couple of Stags although, as always, they usually have their heads down grazing and refusing to look up  !

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Hazel C said:
    I keep saying that what they need to do is make Coypu pâté/stew/BBQ trendy things to eat,

    People would probably start farming them again if they became popular!

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    Nige   Flickr

  • In reply to HAZY:

    HAZY said:
    I managed to photograph a couple of Stags although, as always, they usually have their heads down grazing and refusing to look up  !

    I've not really seen any antlered red deer stags recently with their heads up or down! 

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    Nige   Flickr

  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Still no antlers (let alone Coypu or Beaver) but my third Roe Deer within a few days and an un-hindered view … remarkable

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    Nige   Flickr

  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Lovely photo Nigel & as you say unhindered view of a hind! Confusing LOL

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Lovely to see the Roe deer

    Nigel O said:
    Still no antlers

    you're running out of time as all antlers will be shed shortly so hurry up and get to Tatton Park    LOL  !!

    post edit:  found an interesting article here with a few facts and pointers (pardon the pun)  lol  

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"