On the face of it you would not expect to see dunlin and roe deer together but that is what greeted me this morning.
There were two deer, a doe and a young buck, by the water’s edge in front of Denny Island with hundreds of dunlin flying behind them. I was downwind of them but feeling very conspicuous standing out in the middle of the marsh and expected to be spotted at any moment.
The young buck looked past me towards the docks.
A handful of dunlin – there were hundreds here this morning.
. . . a more mature buck with a yearling doe. I recognised this group of four from a previous visit.
Both bucks were sporting velvet covered antlers.
It was great to watch the deer but even more enthralling when accompanied by the aerobatics of hundreds of dunlin – a very special sight in front of the Firefly navigation buoy.
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