Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi), RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes (Cambs), April 2021

by Bob Chappell May. 01, 2021 144 views
Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi), RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes (Cambs), April 2021

Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi), RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes (Cambs), April 2021

We see few relatively wild mammals in the UK, so here for a change is a muntjac deer I photographed on a visit to Fen Drayton Lakes this week. It was spotted by a staff member, and as she pointed it out to me it must have also spotted us and looked up. However it carried on grazing unperturbed by our presence.

Whilst I prefer to photograph subjects lit by the sun, in this case the light cloud covering prevented the harsh shadows that would have been a result of the angle between us and the animal.

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Robin Fuller 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Nice picture. I never saw a Munjac in 18 years of visiting the Fen every week. But it was then busy a working quarry with heavy traffic, railway and active conveyor belts carrying gravel to the main works. Nice to see that nature has reclaimed the site, to the point of deserving RSPB reserve status. R

4 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Bob Chappell Replied to Robin Fuller 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks Robin. There's a great variety of wildlife now, warblers, terns, godwits (seasonal), although it's often difficult to spot because of the layout of the viewpoints/hides.

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Robin Fuller Replied to Bob Chappell 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Bob, We used to free-range over the whole site once extraction ended sometime in the 1990s. I might have found the present controlled access quite frustrating - tho I understand the reasons. Robin

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