1 EAGLETON NOTES: Fauna in France

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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Fauna in France

When I was at Viv's in France we went for walks around her extensive property which is home to a feast of wildlife.  Given France's obsession with the rights of the common man to hunt and shoot anything that moves Viv's land is a safe haven.  The land around however........

These Chevreuil or Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) were not quite as near as they seem but had we been hunters they would have been in range of a rifle (but possibly not a shotgun).



A squirrel had been at work:


These tracks through the grass were either badgers or deer


coming up through the woods


I could have shown you all sorts of other things that trackers use to tell what's been where but you might be having breakfast as you read this so I'll spare you.  It's fascinating, though, being able to tell what the various animals have been eating.

8 comments:

  1. Wonderful Roe deer. Their coats look a lighter colour than ours.

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  2. Very pretty creatures. I know what 'other' signs you were talking of. :-) It IS fascinating.

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  3. Yes, Adrian, they are lighter than ours (see the last photo in A Walk to a Bridge). Viv said that these were two youngsters. They just sauntered into the undergrowth seemingly unconcerned. The innocence of youth perhaps.

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  4. Yes Katherine. That sort! NZ Woodpigeons come to mind. I found some Owl pellets the other day too.

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  5. We have a couple of owls who roost in the tree next to my washing line. I can't resist having a look at their pellets and finding tiny bones and claws.

    Imagine living somewhere without access to all that nature offers...I'd hate it.

    SP

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  6. It is a fascinating bit that the only reason I know is through watching "Criminal Minds" and "CSI." :D

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  7. What beautiful creatures! Nice to know that there are still people who keep them safe.

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  8. Deer always seem so alert... These seem to have been definitely aware of your presence even if you were at a distance (and how are they to know whether you're holding a camera or a gun?)

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