June

Key behaviours / activities to look out for this month are:


  • Mother does calling to and attending to their youngsters

  • Bond between sibling pairs broken

  • Yearlings become solitary

June is another month where you can have the opportunity to photograph the parental does with their new fawns.


This, just like making images of the mothers with their fawns in May, is will demand a very sensitive approach. The mother does are particularly spooky whilst in the vicinity of their young. 


The fawns are still very vulnerable at this stage to predation from foxes, and the mother will not want to reveal the location of her little treasures.


Again, the best approach is a delicate one to ensure the deer are not disturbed by your presence.


If the deer are perturbed by your proximity to their fawns, they will not nurse them, or if they do, it will be for a shorter time period than if they were unconcerned.


Plus, be careful as you walk within the deer's home range; the youngsters may not be old enough to flee when they detect your approach, so they will simply freeze, making them liable to being inadvertently trodden on.


Last year's youngsters are likely to move around quite a lot right now, so they will present some photographic / obervational opportunities for you, too.


The males’ testosterone levels will be approaching a peak for the year, making this a good time to see then patrolling around their domains and displaying antagonistic behaviour towards each other.


Bright, still mornings and evenings are generally the most reliable conditions to find the deer actively moving around the range.

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