Thursday, 21 January 2010
These tracks in fresh snow are hard to diagnose. They are of a fairly large bird but too indistinct to positively ID. The two candidates are Feral Pigeon and Hooded Crow Corvus cornix as both were present in the garden at the time. Budapest, January, 2010.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Small tree frayed by Red Deer Cervus elaphus. Volovske Mountains, Slovakia, September 2009. To remove the velvet from antlers deer rub them against small trees. Red deer do this just before the rut in autumn. This method of rubbing off the velvet to expose the new, hard antlers is called fraying. In the process bark and twigs are removed and snapped.