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Male Muntjac deer enjoying the pale winter sun in our back garden; 20 Jan 2016.
His horns are short and broken stumps, seen just right of his ears. And, on a day with a chill wind from the north, he is enjoying the sun’s slight warmth sheltering in the lee of a tall, south-facing bramble hedge.
There is a little grass in the foreground, but most of the ground is covered by last year’s dead oak leaves, which are always left covering our lawns over the winter. A lot of small creatures spend the winter under this leaf carpet, and many thrushes – Blackbirds, Robins, Song Thrushes and Redwings – love to spend time tossing the leaves aside to get at the goodies below. Then, in spring, our roaring motor mower (affectionately known as The Destructor) reduces this leaf debris to powder, which decays into the lawns.
There is another image in this series, and more context, here.
D800 used in DX format, with a 70-300 Nikkor giving a 450mm telephoto; 1600 ISO.