Mainly Mammals 2018

Wildlife

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Mainly Mammals 2018

  • I thought I'd get this one started for the year with a couple of likely lads that got in the fat ball container & then the lid must have fallen back after them! I think they are field (wood) mice.

    I released them in the vines & ran home so they couldn't follow me! LOL

    The old thread is here https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/community/wildlife/f/13609/t/193516.aspx

  • awww lovely photo Hazel,  they do have cute faces.

  • Awwww is right, Hazy, and thanks for the thread, Hazel.

  • Cute little guys.

  • Slightly larger than a Mouse, but similar in colour.!! :-) You can't miss the distinct white back end of a Roe Deer.

  • Lovely photos Hazel, now someone was just asking about uses for the  

    fat ball containers!!!

    Good shot Paul, right place right time.

  • I wonder if the deers white b*m serves the same purpose as a rabbits? It looks very dry there Paul!

  • Noisette
    I wonder if the deers white b*m serves the same purpose as a rabbits?

    Don't know about rabbits but they say a deer flashes the white patch as a scare tactic when threatened. Is that the same?

  • Nigel O
    Don't know about rabbits but they say a deer flashes the white patch as a scare tactic when threatened. Is that the same?

      Hi Nigel,     I just found this article about a German study into rabbits from 2013;       pity there is distracting advertising in the background !

  • Thanks

    It sounds the same to me, although "distraction" might have been a better term for me to use than "scare".

  • Thanks for that Hazy, it more or less confirms what my dad told me when I was a nipper. They run straightish & then turn suddenly & the chaser goes straight on still following the line of the white tail! Nature is wonderful isn't it.

  • Isn't it also the case that the white bum shows up better at night so making it easier for them to follow each other?

  • No reason why a trait can't have more than one benefit, although I wonder how anyone might test that theory to prove if the animals are actually using it or not. I can imagine people painting them black to see if those behind get lost more often!

  • Filmed 30th January 2018 just outside Andover, Hampshire. While out on my nature wander I came across this lovely Fox, I was looking at a Buzzard where I often also see other Birds and wildlife, I then noticed in the distance the Fox. Its always hard to resist to try and get closer, but often if you do, you'll alert the animal to you. Luckily I stayed still and watched as it moved around and then started wandering towards me, Iwandered just how close it would get before it noticed me... it got very close. Its always a great treat to see a Fox in the countryside. The last time I saw a Fox in the same area, it saw me before I got the chance to film it, so it was my turn this time. 

  • wonderful footage of the fox John,  thanks for sharing this clip.