The watching stag
The stag after passing the photographer walked up the slope and stood for a long time watching the group of does. I walked quite close and managed to get these shots.
His presence prompted a visit and a lot of bellowing . . .
Tranquility returned – for a while
A lot of the resting deer had birds on them that were busily pecking away at insects. This activity was often around the faces of the deer as well as on their backs.
We then walked down the road to the clumps of trees where the year before we had seen a large group of deer. This year there were none. As we walked towards the ponds we spotted this stag resting.
At the ponds we passed a this group of birds resting on scaffold.
All morning we had heard parakeets, here is one in a tree as we passed by.
Crossing the open space between the ponds and the road we came upon a group of does in the bracken.
As we reached the car park the group of deer over the hill had moved to the skyline.
Breakfast at the cafe
Another attraction of visiting Richmond Park and stopping at Pen Ponds is of course the cafe there and having breakfast.
After breakfast as we left Pen Ponds we stopped to watch this Fallow Deer.