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Tuesday 19 July 2011

Deer oh Deer..

We wanted to try to get some pics of wildlife for the blog so we thought we'd start big and go for red deer. Now most deer in Ireland are on private land and estates and only a few herds roam wild so that made the challenge a bit trickier. I wanted a pic of a stag in velvet as I've never got one before so that was the priority

It was a good few hours before we saw our first and it was a hind, still nice to see. The wind was swirly and although we were well hidden you can see she scented us straight away

Amazingly curiousity got the better of her and she came trotting over to see what the kerfuffle was in the bushes , this was way better than we hoped!!

She eventually stopped just infront of us!! Pity I didn't have my recurve with me!

We were happy enough with our sightings but I was a little disappointed not to get the stag in velvet as we walked back to the car, but as we came down the hill into the last pasture I saw movement out of the corner of my eye..and there he was - and in velvet too !!!

But as we were so open he spotted us straight away and made off into the forest behind him, still we were well pleased.
 We still had another day of deer spotting planned and the best was still to come!!


  1. Such a thrill to see animals in the wild. Driving across Canada we saw so many animals just on the road side--bears, caribou, rock sheep, etc., but I was happiest when I saw horses! Wild horses, that is. As many horses as I've seen in my life time, I never get to see them wild. They look pretty much the same, but I guess it's just the idea. Lucky you on this day!

  2. WOW! You did very well!

    Yes, and I also love seeing animals in the wild, that´s part of my bushcraft candy after all;-).

  3. Thankyou both for your kind comments.