A lovely start to the day yesterday, light frost and sunshine, so I headed over to Woburn Deer Park.
The deer seemed to have finished their rutting, just a few odd bellows in the crisp morning air, but no fighting.
As I got to the edge of the park, a lone male was ambling towards me down the path.
He didn't seem bothered by my presence, but I gave him plenty of distance, and kept close to the entrance kiosk, just in case. He munched on a few fallen leaves for a while,
which gave me a few picture opportunities.
Close by is a stretch of water with a few Mallards and Coots. Today though, they were all joined by a group of Egyptian Geese, that have raised quite a few youngsters.
Eventually the big stag finished his snack,
and began a slow walk into the sunrise, to join the rest of the deer in the park.
Lots of Jackdaws coming and going overhead, calling loudly as they went. A few Jays, searching for acorns no doubt, and some big flocks of Fieldfare and Redwings, flying from the slowly warming sun, to the west.
I made my way along the footpath through the park, keeping an ever watchful eye for any deer that may have been close. Not so much to get pictures, but to give them plenty of room between me and them, so as they didn't see me as a threat. You have to respect these animals when you visit their territory.
A few large mushrooms growing in a group caught my eye.
One of the 'milk cap' fungi someone suggested; but I'm not sure which.
As I neared the end of the path, there were a few groups of deer, content to just enjoy the sun, and below occasionally. A large pond is close by, with a few ducks swimming around. Wigeon and Tufted Duck were in good numbers, along with the many Coots and Mallards.
As I thought about heading back, a Black Squirrel was running about with some chestnuts. An animal I've not managed to photograph very often because they seem more cautious than the grey's. He eventually stopped to eat his breakfast at the base of a tree, so I managed to get a couple of shots before we both decided to leave, and continue on our way.