Whilst strolling in the woods I like to keep one eye out for interesting wildlife. On this occasion I spotted a deer in the distance, close to the woodland margin.
It is a challenge to approach these large mammals without disturbing them. In this case, the wind was in the right direction and the forest noise hid any small noises that I made walking amongst the trees.
I was surprises how close I could get the these Fallow Deer without them noticing me. It is a joy to see wild animals doing what they do naturally. This was a small group of stags - male and female deer tend to group separately when not in rut.
Of course, there is a point when the deer notice that someone is around. Their behaviour changes - then they are gone.