After having a cracking time in The New Forest last week I'd forgotten just how amazing the area is!! We used to holiday there each year when we were kids but I haven'nt been back for some years myself and it was wonderful to take the kids out to places I used to go to many years ago.
Any of you guys that get to stalk there are very lucky indeed.
The old camper got us there without too much trouble and we got some special looks chugging along at 50 all the way down from Peterborough!!
The kids & Mrs were'nt sure about my attire though!!
And I didn't need to worry about spotting the deer!! I got woke up the 1st morning by something moving the camper and as I peered out the window a Fallow buck was scratching it's arris on the van like an old donkey!! If I hadn't seen it myself I would'nt have thought they would do that!!
Every night around 25 of them came onto our bit of the site and then vacated by 6am when people started to stir!!
I hid behind the windbreak watching this chap and you wouldn't believe how noisy they are eating too!!
And these were right outside my awning at 5am most mornings!! There was a lot of clover in with the grass where we were so maybe they like that a lot?!
I managed to get my stalking fix, but with a camera for a change. Whilst out on our bikes I happened across the area where my parents took me as a kid to watch the deer next to a railway line near Roundhill campsite. The paddocks were still there but the surrounding area had grown quite a lot. I mooched alongside one paddock and spotted a rear end of what I thought initially was a Fallow sticking out of some trees at around 150yds away. I scanned the area thinking there would be more, but she was alone. This got me thinking that it was a bit strange and sure enough when I got a bit closer and she moved, I could see the white glands on the back legs and it was a Sika hind which I never knew were present!!
After an age and with squeeky boots which had dried out in the awning , I got to within 50 yards or so with the camera at the ready. But, as I had it on silent & I've not used it much I couldn't get the damn thing to focus properly and the pics never came out great initially!
Luckily she decided to turn and head back my way so I got a decent pic before a woodpecker let out a screech and she spotted me under a tree!! She turned and bounded into cover but then stopped and watched me, giving an alarm squeek a few times before departing. I'll add a video later which has the added comedy value of me knocking over my thumbstick and squeeky boots, although as it was on my phone you can't see her in the trees unfortunately!! An unbelievable experience all the same!!
If you've never been then I would suggest adding it to your list of places to visit if you get the chance,