Inspired by Mike B's post from Charlecote Park I decided to visit our local Deer Park, Helmingham Hall in Suffolk which has been owned by the Tollemache family since it was first built well over 600 years ago and had Deer there since at least 1660.
Sadly a dull and cloudy but fine day. There are Public Footpaths crossing the middle of the Deer Park and the Deer seem to be quite used to people wandering about so they do nothing more than keep a close eye on you, keeping to the path (as you should) keeps them settled.
The first sighting was like something out of the African Plains, but with Red Deer instead of Antelopes.
The distinct feeling of being watched.
Then some Fallow Deer, one whose white spots seem to join up.
There was the occasional subdued bellow from some of the stags although I didn't manage to capture he moment.
Back to the plains look
Starting to relax enough to forget about us.
Keeping an eye on his charges.
2 Young Fallow Stags.
Shouldn't we be practising something?
Oh all right then.
Let's keep it fairly gentle.
Oh no, somebody's seen us, they stopped shortly afterwards.
A trio of posing lone Stags.
A fair well look as we headed back to the car.
A sight of something in flight, a Green Woodpecker landed on a tree a way off, but not too far.
Then back home for lunch, we will have to return on a sunny day.
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
In reply to PimperneBloke:
Lot to learn
In reply to TJS:
Fabulous photos Trevor, and I'm pleased you managed to have the fuel to get out and be able to share these photos with us.
I noticed one fallow doe had an ear tag on, but the rest seem to be totally free of the tags.
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In reply to Mike B:
TJS said:Hi Mike,
Things seem to be calming down a lot here, when we did the weekly shop the forecourts were almost devoid of vehicles, and no cones out, no obvious signs of pumps not working, so hopefully things are back to normal here, and won't be that far behind for you (and others still enduring this needless mayhem).
Our herring gulls are red listed birds. Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.
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