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Stag Party

August 4th, 2007 · No Comments · Radnor Lake, wildlife

There have been some incredible and unique wildlife sightings since I started hiking again a few weeks ago; for example:

  • three owls hanging around in one area, flying from branch to branch in spite of our presence
  • 17 deer on one hike
  • two great blue herons at once
  • fawns galore
  • beaver
  • pair of pileated woodpeckers

I met Kelly on the South Cove trail at 8:15 or so (we agreed that, whenever we meet to hike and I have gotten there early and started hiking already, we would always meet on the south side) and we continued counterclockwise at a respectable pace.  It was not the optimal time to see a lot of wildlife, since it was well past dawn (dawn and dusk being the richest sighting times, generally speaking) and the park was full of hikers and walkers.

We did see three or four deer, but the real prize came about halfway down the lake on the north side: two large 8 to 10-point bucks, grazing on shoots together.  Not only were these the largest bucks with the biggest racks we had ever seen, but the fact that the two bucks — which normally seem to be solitary — were hanging out together.

Fortunately, Kelly brought his camera for the purpose of getting another good panoramic shot of the lake, so he was able to photograph these two bucks extensively, all the while bitching about his “lame camera.” <grin>

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