Finally, he spotted me. All the series of deer photographs seem to end with a shot similar to this, as the deer freeze and stare for a few seconds before running away.
My photostream continues to be flooded with my deer pictures, and less so by the wild boar. The deer and boar are the subject matter I enjoy photographing the most though, so no doubt they'll continue.
This sign is at Cannop Ponds, Forest of Dean. Perhaps a bit alarmist, but generally good advice I guess. I'm yet to see wild boar near the ponds themselves, but have seen them fairly nearby. My recent sightings have been in other parts of the forest though.
The deer are often pretty hard to distinguish from each other. This dark/black one though stands out every time I've seen him. I saw roughly 15 or so deer, but the most I managed to get in one shot was about 10. Unfortunately it was from behind as they all gathered to collectively run as a herd.
Taken in the Forest of Dean on the high ground above Parkend. It's a bit of a random shot, as I just put the camera near the ground and clicked. It was too wet to get down there and look through the viewfinder!
Although relatively shallow, between 2 - 4 feet deep, it contains a large head of Carp, Skimmers, Roach, Rudd and Perch as well as Eel. This picture was taken from the side that is a designated nature reserve. The other side is used by anglers.
This wild boar emerged from the undergrowth pretty much where I'd hoped it would. It's bigger than most of those I've watched lately, but I think I've met this one before. Only 20 minutes prior to this sighting, there was a herd of 5-6 deer, but they didn't hang about to pose for any photographs.
Once again it's no masterpiece, but I'm afraid all boar pictures get uploaded! (they've been extinct in the UK since medieval times until they were 're-introduced' in the 1990's, so it's always a privilege to see one - who knows how long they'll be allowed to continue to exist here).
I managed to watch these for a minute or so before they spotted me. I was looking for wild boar at the time. There was at least one very close, but I guess it must have got my scent as it didn't want to show itself.
Still not great pictures, but they're my best yet. This one showed up a little earlier than I expected, and the light wasn't as bad as usual. I managed to hide for quite a while to give it time to get closer. It's difficult to know where to draw the line before being forced to make your presence known. I've alarmed wild boar at close range before, and try to avoid it now! This one was close enough for me. This one posed for these photos before 'barking' at me then headed in to the trees. It's really not the ideal place to see them... It's very much off the beaten track, and something of a dead end. It can be a bit nerve-wracking when the boar are between you and the way out :)