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Deer at Bushy Park

I went to Bushy Park in search of green parrots, but found deer instead .  There are a number of  flocks of green parrot around London, thought to have escaped and managed to adapt to our UK winter.   I hadn’t thought about it,  photographing green parrots amongst a summer of verdant green leaf wasn’t going to be possible.  I heard them and occasionally saw a quick flash of green wing but that was all.

I was delighted to find deer instead. I knew they were in Richmond Park and Hampton Court Deer park but pleasantly surprised to find them here.  Photographed in early August they still had velvet on their antlers.

Fallow Deer

The Black Prince, and I think he knows it.   Black deer are quite rare but do live amongst the herd.

The above were happily grazing amongst the fallow deer, although they are probably reds.   It’s mid-summer, live and let live.

Red Deer

Red deer are the largest of  deer-kind with the exception of moose and elk. Found at southern end of Bushy Park, they were not so much a herd as a squad.

They have the unnerving and unerring ability to raise their heads at exactly the same time.  Much like a bristling of antennas.  One can almost hear “Have you got permission to be here and have got any ID.

” I say it is tea time you know”

Time to leave

Deer are generally not dangerous but one must be careful in spring when there are young about and in autumn when they are rutting.  They will also attack and sometimes kill dogs.  Some deer herds (those around London) carry Lyme Disease which is spread by ticks.   It is quite difficult to pick up but such places are not suitable for lounging in the grass or for bare legs in tall grass.


6 responses

  1. Those are magnificent! The Black Prince is stately, indeed.


    October 12, 2014 at 16:57

    • They were a welcome surprise. I didn’t expect them to be there, especially not a black one. So. close to the path. I don’t think they can read the signs that say we have to stay 50M apart.


      October 12, 2014 at 17:05

      • I bet they can’t even measure 50M. Uneducated louts 😉


        October 12, 2014 at 17:33

        • A teacher friend from long ago was instructed, by her mischievous friend, all about crocodiles including that they grow 30M long.

          She passed the information on to her young class and demonstrated 30M by pacing it out. She was soon slap bang against the opposite wall uttering words that no young ears should hear. They began with that “^&*%* John” and proceeded with “I’ll bleeding well ()$%$£$ ~ ” shocking. 😀


          October 12, 2014 at 17:54

          • 30-ft would be a big croc. 30M is a big crock of something 😉


            October 12, 2014 at 18:18

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