The unicorn and friends

I arrived at Barbrook Cottage this morning to find 15 deer within 50 meters of the Cottage - 01-DSC_3206 It's a difficult time for the stags as to be honest they look pretty stupid - 02-DSC_3216 Most of them have lost last years antlers and are starting to grow new ones.  In the meantime they look very much like Princess Beatrice on a bad day! For some however it is even worse!  Was it ever possible that the legend of the unicorn came from seeing a red deer with just one antler? 05-DSC_323104-DSC_3228 Sadly, today, this group of 15 deer was harassed by a pet dog out for a walk with its owners.  It was away from them and chasing the deer before they could do anything about it - 08-DSC_3277 Luckily they made their escape unharmed. The skylark sat calmly watching the action - 06-DSC_3240And the green hairstreaks on the dam wall sunbathed in the afternoon 'heat' - 09-DSC_3306 2 geese circled above the reservoir~ 12-DSC_334011-DSC_3332 And made a synchronized landing - 13-DSC_3344 Only the meadow pipit was unimpressed as preening was the order of the day - 14-DSC_3140 But the afternoon must belong to the red deer - absurd but confident and getting ready for this years battles to come - 15-DSC_3197    

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