Earlier this week I stopped the car on a dirt track country lane when I spotted a herd of wild deer grazing in a field including a couple of white Fallow deer. The herd moved back towards a fence when they saw me wielding my camera in their direction as I climbed up a bank by a hedgerow to get a better view.
Hiding behind a slope and their heads peeking up above made them look like they were playing hide and seek.
A small white deer, which looked like a fawn, was oblivious and kept grazing in the field. The herd took another look at me and off they went into the deep dark woods behind. Suddenly the fawn noticed they were gone and he had been left behind. All alone. Where were they all hiding?
The deer seemed to wait in the trees behind the fawn. If you look closely you can see them there. The white deer and the thick woods looked like a scene out of an enchanted fairy tale. Luckily it had a happy ending when the little white deer caught sight of them and quickly fled into the woods to rejoin them.
I’ve spotted white deer in this same area before. They’re not albino deer – they just have a quirky gene that gives them their pale colouring. White deer are sometimes known as Judas deer because they reveal the presence of a herd. So maybe this herd wanted to leave the little white deer behind?