Roe (Doe) Deer
Today's adventure was to utislize the local fog to seek out wildlife around the Old Viaduct over the River Eden. The swirling damp mist was giving me some needed cover as I carefully tracked along the top of the viaduct tunnel. Slowly looking around like a chameleon, I passed my usual lookout point from yesterdays visit. The air was full of a beautiful dawn chorus from the local blue tits and sparrows. Venturing off my general ground within the baron habitats, I edged slowly along Davidson's Banks. Safety was a concern today with the very muddy ground which made tracking difficult along the leaves. Taking a few tumbles along the way, I decided to head inward toward Knockupworth Gill. The environment was more comfortable and less slippery as I searched around for deer. There was plenty of tracks along the fence and edgeways of the adjacent field. The fog was getting much thicker so I backtracked down towards the River Eden and crossed the Old Wooden Bridge. From here I decided to follow the lower woodland adjacent to Knockupworth Gill. The ground was poor and slippy as I slowly made my way downstream towards the A689 Bridge. Scanning the area ahead through the lens I noticed a small roe deer laid down on the edge of the River Eden. Placing my camera on the silent mode, I took a picture to check the settings. I was quite amazed that the roe deer hadn't yet noticed me. Time passed me by as I watched the deer for over half an hour before I decided to get a little closer. I was moving along the ground on my knees before lying entirely down to take a few more pictures. The deer looked up towards me and remained laid on the river bank. I was rather curious as it's behavior, they usually don't like my aftershave and flee rather quickly. Edging very slowly forward, I decided not to go any closer as I didn't want to disturb the deer. Backing off slowly from its gaze, I made my way up the hill to the fields at the top. Somewhat concerned that the deer hadn't moved I made contact with a local wildlife rescue center. After a discussion, the roe deer was a female (doe). As she is remaining laid down, it was to protect her young nearby. They are known locally in this area, and my decision to back off was the right one. There I was stood in the field slightly wet, and muddy; I decided to call it for today and head back towards Carlisle.
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