Pointy Antlers

Pointy Antlers

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DescriptionI generally do not get into a bad position with wildlife, I know not to corner it, no sudden movements, nothing aggressive.  There are times though, when you feel like you got away with something.  I was slowly walking round a bramble bush, watching the barn own 100 yards away, when this guy popped his head up just to one side.  According to the AF data he is 30 metres away.  Maybe.  It didn't feel like it.  He stared at me, and I stood still, waiting for him to run off.  He didn't immediately.  Instead he started barking at me.  At which point what I was mostly doing was looking at the pointy bits and wondering if he was going to charge.  That was when he turned and headed off for the far hedge barking loudly.  He didn't bolt at full pace though, and he kept looking back.  I stood there a few minutes wondering what happened, then started to move again.  As I did I heard cracking in the bracken behind me.  I didn't go to look, but I think the doe must have been in there, possibly with a fawn, and he was protecting them, first by challenging me, then trying to draw me off.  I carefully moved away, so as to not disturb any more and almost trod on M'sieur Reynard, who was hiding about 10 feet away.  I would guess he'd like fawn, but probably not brave enough to tackle the adults.  He dropped prone and slunk off.  I made it over to the field edge opposite to where the buck had gone, where I spotted the fox in the open field knawing on something.  I couldn't see what in the grass, but he was clearly enjoying it, and it was not deer sized.
ArtistRob Daykin
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