Monday, 11 October 2010

Relationships.

A week ago during a visit to Richmond Park I came across a group of 24 Red Deer and the  Does were peacefully resting together with their sleepy guardian until I turned towards them.
As this is the rutting season it is important to keep ones distance so I carefully approached to about 80 yards away using the nearby tree trunks as partial cover. Not unexpectedly the Does immediately pricked up their ears but as I was downwind they stayed very calm but very watchful.  
However what did interest me was the direct association with a group of Jackdaws who were busily undertaking a clean up by removing insects from the coats of the Does.


When I returned to this group later in the day the scene was not so peaceful and I'll share this in a later post. In the meantime have a good wildlife watching week wherever you are.  FAB.

17 comments:

  1. Terrific series again, Frank. Can't wait to see what you post next!

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  2. Fascinating. Yes, it appears to be a deer spa where the deer are enjoying rest and relaxation, a little snack, and a skin treatment. ;) Nice images. I look forward to the next one.

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  3. The deer around here would benefit by a bird like the Jackdaw. I've seen deer carrying hundreds of fat ticks. Birds eating deer ticks might also cut down on some of the diseases transmitted by ticks from deer to people.

    I certainly wouldn't want that buck to take me as a threat. I've seen what some of our local Whitetail bucks can do to people and they don't carry near the headgear as your Red Deer.

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  4. ...very interesting, Frank! I've never seen anything like that. This summer I photographed a deer covered in ticks. I'm sure that deer would have appreciated a visit by your jackdaws!

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  5. Now that's a cliffhanger!! lol

    Great shots Frank, and I love the way some birds and other animals interact like that with each other.
    Always interesting to see.

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  6. Wow beautiful observation Frank and nice pictures!!! I guess you enjoyed that a lot!

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  7. Great series of shots. The relationshi' between the birds and the deer came up in last week's Autumnwatch.

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  8. Lovely photos, Frank. They look so funny with the Jackdaws perched on them. They were talking about that on Autumnwatch on Thursday.

    Loved the last post too and particularly liked the Terrapin photo.

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  9. Very nice shots Frank, esp. that first shot with the buck.

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  10. Frank, seeing these birds on the deer is similar to the scenes we've seen on the VA eastern shore where cattle egret will sit on the wild horses in Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge and perform the same tasks. Much like the deer, the horses tolerate these winged helpers. Your shots were great!

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  11. Hi Frank, you got some lovely shots there. I saw that on autumnwatch too! (-: I'm hoping that Chris will need a visit up to London again soon so that we can meet up and have a stroll in Richmond Park. Unfortunately at the moment he is not very well. I will get in touch when we do get the chance tho!

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  12. What a wonderful set of pics Frank, such a treat. Linda

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  13. Thank you friends. It was fun to watch the peaceful interaction between the Deer and Jackdaws ... something I will look more closely at in future. FAB.

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  14. Hi Jenny. Sorry to hear Chris is not too well. I'll await your call when you next know you'll be heading this way. Take care. FAB

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