Well, theres a bird of the day thread so I thought why not have a mammal one too
I managed to get down to a local reserve this morning, not having been since before Xmas.Despite leaving home in brilliant sunshine and clear skies, by the time I got to the reserve the light was awful.
I`d only been there maybe 10mins when I came across these 2 Roe Bucks (plus another out of the frame) grazing in one of the neighbouring fields. They were about 100yds away when I first spotted them, but gradually they made their way towards me, until they were within range to get these shots.
Now, previously I`d worked out where they enter the reserve through the hedge upon leaving the field,and positioned myself with this in mind, but today the crafty devils used another gap further away, so I wasnt as close as I could have been.
A little further into the reserve I bumped into the warden, who informed me i`d missed some really good views of an Otter by about an hour
Nice to know theyre around at the moment though. While chatting to him a Red Squirrel came across the treetops towards us, and although no chance of pics we both had a decent view,and he looked in fine condition.We watched him for maybe 5 minutes before he disappeared further along the path
.Nothing else of note was seen mammal-wise, but I managed close views of 2 different Sparrowhawks, one male, one female, hunting over the reedbeds.
Despite missing the Otter (again! - its becoming a habit
) I really enjoyed getting back down there, and the few decent pics I got were a nice bonus.
I dont expect this thread will be as busy as the bird of the day thread, but it would be nice to hear of everyones mammal sightings and see a few pics