Stampede of two

Well. Everyone was out to scare me this morning.
As I entered The Lodge Reserve, a Song thrush began practising his repertoire. He was mostly concentrating on his impersonation of a car alarm. It’s sure to impress a lady.
Then, a Jay swooped across right in front of my nose. So close that we eye-balled each other for a fraction of a second. Such glorious colours. Pinks and blues. His feathers, not his eyeballs.
And then, hot on the trail of the Jay, came two Muntjacs. Right across my path. By the noise they made I was expecting a whole stampede to appear. But just the two, almost stumbling out of the trees. The second one stopped right in front of me, to have a right good look. Perhaps long enough for me to grab phone from pocket and take photo. But I was frozen to the spot, savouring the moment. Heart beating louder than usual.
As muntjac deer are solitary, I’m presuming number two was a large fawn. That would explain its curiosity in me. He then stopped again in the bracken, to have a second look back at me, before performing a cheeky little pronk and dashing off after his mum. Show off!

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About Olivia N Masi

From art college drop-out, to office space-planner, to back-packer, to air stewardess, to brolly babe, to model agent, to wildlife conservationist. How? I've always believed in jumping at every opportunity that comes my way. This has taken me along some bizarre career paths. None of which I regret. I have been to amazing places and met fascinating people. And having worked in the motor sport industry I've sadly experienced too many beloved friends take one adrenalin step too many. I think of them always. I've hung out with pop-stars, sports personalities, and millionaires. I reached a point when nothing but VIP would do. And then something happened. My pops passed away and I felt the need to reconnect with my Italian side. Whilst in Italy, I learnt to be resourceful, to recycle everything, to listen to the valley, to grow my own veg, to catch and tame feral cats, and to follow my heart. My heart led me to a desire to save this beautiful Earth, and all the wonderful life upon it. And so I read, and then I studied with the Open University. I suddenly found myself accepted on a BSc in Wildlife Conservation, having left school with pitiful qualifications. So here I am. A qualified Wildlife Conservationist. A scientist I suppose. I love nothing more than to listen to birdsong, and watch, learn and photograph wildlife. So here is to me getting the perfect job where I can contribute to saving one of Earth's beautiful species. Do I miss the glamour of the old life? The VIP lifestyle? The petrol-head adrenalin? The buzz of being a successful business owner? Only occasionally. Though it seems more like the distant dreams of a previous life.
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One Response to Stampede of two

  1. OliviaMasi says:

    It has been pointed out to me, that the second deer may have been a male in persuit of the female. Well, here’s hoping his distraction (me) gave the female enough time to get away and lose him! 😉


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