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It is unusual to see a Roe deer on the field next door, so I was quite pleased that there was sufficient time to fetch the camera. It was on Friday evening just after 18:20 and our granddaughter was with us for the weekend, but when we pointed out the deer on our neighbour's land she failed to notice it.
After Friday's incident when our granddaughter didn't seem to take any notice of the Roe deer Saturday was different. I was the first to spot the deer and ran upstairs to grab my camera, taking my first picture from our bedroom window at 08:28. My final image in the sequence was taken at 08:52, as it began to run away across our neighbour's land.
It was in February this year when I first noticed a pair of Ducks that I hadn't seen before on the lake. I had to look them up to identify them and decided I had been looking at Gadwall ducks. Today at around 08:15 I saw the same type of duck again, again a pair. This time I got decent pictures of both.
I opened the curtain windows at 08:32 this morning to see a Muntjac below us. There was only time to get one before it disappeared beside the house. At 10:17 there was more excitement when I saw that the Canada Geese that were nesting on the island had hatched their brood. This year they have managed to hatch eight, but I discover that one unhatched egg remains in the nest.
It was 08:30 yesterday morning when I took my usual BBC Weather Watcher picture from the patio doors in the lounge when I noticed a duck I hadn't seen before. I little investigation in my birds book suggested we had wigeon on the lake. My book doesn't have a colour photograph of the female but describes it as being reddish brown. My photograph doesn't look quite that to me but the bird was certainly paired with the male.