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Observed: 14th May 2011 By: Ray Turner
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Stumbled on these two fawns and their mother whilst walking near Shere. Mother disappeared quickly and stealthily and we didn’t see her again.
Of course I had the wrong lens on the camera and didn’t want to move to get the telephoto out hence these were shot at about 70mm and have been quite heavily cropped.

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Roe Deer.

Black nose band of a Roe Deer. Also, I have heard of their protective strategy towards their young of, apparently, deserting them as Ray describes: this leads threatening predators to follow the adults (stronger) scent. Is this actually true? Certainly very young fawns are often on their own.

the naturalist man's picture

Roe deer fawn

Notice the black edge to the ears and tip of the muzzle. From my experience when roe deer are startled the fawns lie down, often disappearing in tall vegetation and the doe does then strut off leaving the young ones.

These two are very obvious, clearly they have not heard they are supposed to hide whilst mum convinces the predator she is the only target!

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Ray Turner's picture


You can blame the one standing up, it was with mum some 20 meters to the right of the one laying down (possibly suckling) when we first spotted them. Mum scarpered and this little one didn’t seem to know what to do so meandered quite slowly over to its sibling, which up to this point we hadn’t noticed at all.

Either way we all felt very privileged, my companions particularly as they are regular townies and don’t get to see this sort of thing often.