Mammals

Wildlife near to home

A selection of some of the wildlife photographed near to home earlier this year.

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Roe Deer

Roe Deer hiding in the Barley field next to our house.

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Winter 2016

This Winter there has always been something that needed doing at the weekend which limited the opportunities of getting out with the camera.

There are a couple of fields close to the house which this year which have Highland Cattle, or ‘Hippy Cows’ as Agnes and all her family prefer to call them.

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Roe Deer at Kerras Wood

Every day on my way to and from work I drive past a fir plantation called Kerras wood. Between the trees and the road is a small valley within which it is often possible to see Roe Deer grazing. Although they seem oblivious to the cars on the road, any attempt to stop and photograph them invariably results in the Deer rapidly disappearing in to the trees.

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Spring at Forvie and Troup Head

Agnes’s niece, Aurianne, visited us for the last week of March and fell in love with the Grey Seals at Forvie Sands. In all we spent three afternoons with these inquisitive animals. On our second visit, a couple of young seals whose curiosity got the better of them, decided that we didn’t appear to pose a threat and moved up the beach towards us. In the end Aurianne was within half a meter of them both, and provided she made no sudden movements, they were content to doze whilst she looked on.

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Forvie Sands, Newburgh

Grey and Common seals are a familiar site in the Ythan Estuary at the southern edge of the Forvie Sands Nature reserve. On the day I visited there were several hundred seals basking on the beach and near shore sand banks. I had previously only seen seals from a relative distance and as such it was a real treat to be able to get close up and spend time watching and photographing them. I had read that Seals are often very inquisitive, a trait which was confirmed when a young seal crawled out of the surf and made a direct line towards where I was sitting. After a few short pauses to look me over, it eventually stopped about 4 metres away before having a roll about in the sand, scratch itself a couple of times and then settle down for a snooze.

During the time I sept with the seals, a strong wind kept the sand moving constantly. It is not difficult to understand why Forvie Sands is also famous for its Sand Dunes

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