Dunlin, Deer . . . and Denny

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On the face of it you would not expect to see dunlin and roe deer together but that is what greeted me this morning.

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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.

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The young buck looked past me towards the docks.

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A handful of dunlin – there were hundreds here this morning.

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To my surprise there were 2 more deer a few hundred yards further down the marsh. . . IMG_0804

. . .  a more mature buck with a  yearling doe. I recognised this group of four from a previous visit.

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Both bucks were sporting velvet covered antlers.

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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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