Saturday morning and it was up before day break with a quick stroll into the Forest for a zone in. Morning zone ins are my favourite, from the blacks and greys of the darkness to the pastel shades of colour that in turn burst into the vibrant colours of the Forest.
During this magical period you can hear owls calling and as the sun comes up the forest starts to awaken and the bird song fills the air.
I sat on the opposite side of a pair of oak trees to my friend Tom who also attended the course waiting for our first glimpse of the local wildlife. We were rewarded with a big Fallow Buck and half a dozen does. There were also a couple of owls very close one of which landed in a tree just in front of Tom. After the deer moved on we made our way back to camp for some breakfast.
The deer had now moved on and we decided to make our way back to camp when all of a sudden the fox jump the ditch, ran across the track and back into the trees on the other side all the time his head tuned and eyes fixed on us. It was almost like he was having the last word.. “Huh I can see you, you can’t catch me!”