A wildlife diary of the western Isle Of Wight's beautiful countryside!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Chinese Water Deer
One of the positive things about spending a few days back in Bedfordshire is the opportunity to catch up with the various deer species, all of which are lacking on the Isle of Wight (though there are rumours.......!!!).
I caught up with this Chinese Water Deer in a field near Stewartby. It was a very close and gentle encounter. I wondered whether she might have a young one close by but couldn't see anything.
There were a number of Chinese Water Deer tracks nearby.
On this photograph you can see how the right hind foot has been placed into the slot of the right fore foot.
And the mud is so soft here that the print is splayed and you can clearly make out the marks of the two hind dewclaws.
And piles of droppings are a giveaway!
A bit further on, this surprised Bank Vole was present under a refuge.