Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Do Not Enter

We were at Chambord on Monday with clients. Having arrived early we decided to have a stroll in the forest to see if we could see some wildlife. Not all of the area was open: because of the rut, some part of the forest were locked up. Red deer are very large, and not terribly accommodating towards people at this time of year.

The first wildlife we saw was the other side of a locked gate. We were kind of pleased about that, as wild boar also has a fearsome reputation. Although we tried, we couldn't get really close for a good photo. The pig was more nervous about us that we were of him (?). We understand gates.

After walking a 2 kilometre loop (on the other side of the main road to the fenced off area) we happened to leave the forest at the same point we had entered it, only to see more wildlife the other side of the same gate.

This is the first red deer stag either of us can recall seeing in the wild. We can only assume he was the real reason for the locked gate.


potty said...

One of our holidays in France in a very rural gite was enlivened by the noise these animals make at this time of the year!

Jean said...

This year we spent several evenings outdoors enjoying the mild weather and listening to the brame, amongst other things (the foxes, owls and crickets). There was actually a large male in full regalia in the field at the back of the house with his entourage a couple of weeks ago. A truly magnificent sight and it seems so sad that he might soon be on the dinner table of the local hunters.

Susan said...

I've never been in the right place at the right time.

Susan said...

I don't think too many of the red deer get caught by the hunters around here. They are mostly roe deer and boar hunting.

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