Things are finally coming together!
Having assembled the new camera body, the 300mm lens and the 1.4 teleconverter I arrived at the normal field this morning at around 06:30.
I'd seen two of the does out in another field but decided to chance it and see if anything came into the cover crop. Sure enough presently there was movement, but to start with it was just a hare:
10 minutes or so later, though, a roe doe appeared at field edge and then slowly made its way into the cover crop:
Unfortunately it headed away from me, eventually bedding down on the far side of the field, but not that far from the path I'd be taking back. Having waited for 15 minutes it seemed like the doe was enjoying the morning sunshine, so I decided to walk back up the path and chance my arm that she'd stay bedded down.
Sure enough that's what happened, and she watched me carefully as I made my way with the four dogs back along the track:
Eventually, however, the net effect of me, plus the camera, plus the four dogs was too much, and she got up and ran 30 yards or so. Clearly these photos are cropped - she wasn't really that close!
Brief activity over, she stood her ground and watched as the dogs and I neared the corner of the field, eventually sticking out her tongue and walking nonchalantly away.