First workday of the season up on the Common yesterday , and after the long lay off , needless to say it didn't come easy . The only thing of interest found , was this caterpillar , spotted by one of the
This morning , with the temperature half of what it was last week , I thought I would give Knole Park one last go for the Fallow Deer rut . As I arrived in the area before the gates had opened , I had a very quick look in at Sevenoaks Reserve . Just two cars in the car park didn't bode well , and indeed the lakes were very quiet . That all changed when several skeins of Greylag Geese , a conservative estimate of 200/250 , flew in noisily en mass , and landed in front of Tyler Hide . They would have made a good shot had I been out in the open , but with the canopy still pretty full , it wasn't possible .
Arriving at Knole Park , not a sinle deer was seen on the way to the car park , and as I rounded the high ground , no sign or sound of any bucks . I did a round of the wooded area around and only sighted a small group of does , no more than 12 in number . Heading back up to the high ground , I met another couple of people with cameras , like me , hoping to witness the rut . One had walked in from the far end of the estate , and hadn't seen a single animal en route . I headed back to the small
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