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It’s unusual for me to be posting by lunch time, but R woke me at an ungodly hour this morning, (well, 7am – but it felt ungodly) to say there was a muntjac in the garden, tidying up under the bird feeders. I tottered downstairs with the Big Lens, and there was this pretty little doe.

The light was poor at that time, and I hadn’t wasted time changing to the 5D which would have handled that situation better than the 70D, so all of my first set were very noisy indeed – but I’m still quite pleased with them. I’ve added two extra shots; I almost featured the first of those because it’s slightly crisper than this, but I prefer the composition of this one, and the fact that you can see her head markings better. The second extra was taken when she came for a second snack about half an hour later – she made it almost to the feeders but wasn’t happy that she could see me in the conservatory, so she left again, stopping momentarily to delicately scratch her chin with a hind hoof.

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All the while she was around, Arthur was desperately trying to persuade us to let him out in the garden, but there was no way that was going to happen: even at his advanced age, the sound of him singing joyfully as he works a fresh scent is enough to wake the entire village. Plus, muntjac themselves can make a terrific din if they’re startled. The dogs once found a juvenile in the far garden and chased it into a fence, where it got stuck; we pulled them away from it and shut them in the house, but when R went back to try to help it free itself, it screamed at him repeatedly like one of the aliens in [i]Invasion of the Body Snatchers[/i] – he came back ten minutes later looking absolutely wrung out.

There’s some quite good information about muntjac here.