Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Blakeridge Wood

Two muntjacs

The smallest British deer.
In its native Asia the muntjac is called the barking deer.
It has a glossy, red-brown summer coat
and a rather rounded back.
The buck has short antlers and prominent fang-like teeth.
The buck is about 48cm high at the top of his shoulder,
with the doe being slightly smaller.


  1. Absolutely beautiful. Get info for the day. I live near the forest and love all deer. Blessings

  2. This photo is exquisite. I love the way the trees form an archway right above the deer and how the light comes streaming in. And the deer are so miniature. That could be in a photo contest.

  3. Did you photo through a screen or is that an effect you added? Lovely and well composed picture.

  4. What a gorgeous photo! Wonderful!! I'd never heard of these small deer. :) Silke

  5. Hi Friko! I have never seen a British deer! We have the white-tails around here, and they are just lovely. It's nice to learn about different species! Hope you have a great day.

  6. Our Island deer are tiny, but these are smaller, I think. I'm sure that they have the appetite of all deer though, and that no garden is safe when they're around.
    Beautiful photo!

  7. I love those little deer. Did you take the photo? It's exquisite. I have only seen them once in the wild and they were so small. Amazing.

  8. QMM - thanks, yes, deer are pretty creatures.

    Margaret - thanks for the compliment, you are too kind.

    Tabor - Okay, I admit, I cheated. Photoshop has a lot to answer for.

    Silke - Muntjacs are from Asia really, they escaped from somebody's estate originally and quickly bred all over the country.

    Rain - Well, as above, muntjacs are not really British. thanks for your good wishes.

    Pondside - They sure have an appetite for gardens; they are hard to keep out because they are so small.

    BT - Did muntjac not get to Ireland? If ever you see them near your garden, you won't love them quite so much. I prefer them out in the woods.

  9. Hello Friko

    what ever you did with the photo you have created a lovely mood and effect

    Happy days


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