Up at 6 this morning, I trolled down to Barnsdale Wood by the shores of Rutland Water, arriving at 6.30 to catch the early morning light. I heard the barking of a Muntjac straight away, then within a few minutes heard some cracking of twigs and realised I was being watched by a small herd of Fallow Deer, above.
About a hundred yards further on, I heard more movement and spotted a Muntjac Deer scampering away, the large, white tuft on his rump flashing as he bounded off.
A few minutes later I stopped, scanned around looking for a good composition for a painting, then spotted a face looking at me...it's dead centre, above. Yes, it's a Fox! He had spied me before I him. I moved two steps towards him and he about turned and was off up the hill, giving me a flashing glimpse of his rufus back. I've cropped the photo to give a better look, below:Then, on getting back to the studio, I fed the birds, had some breakfast, then watched a very healthy-looking Hedgehog come out of the undergrowth on to the lawn before scuttling back into his daytime hideout. So, what did you see before 7 this morning?