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"Black Beauty"

A black fallow deer doe at Bedford Purlieus wood, Cambridgeshire. Behind her and out of focus stands another fallow doe, of the spotted variety.


Delighted to get this record shot after two days of combing this large woodland site. Not an easy task to track these down and get an image I can assure you!


The woodland's rather curious name is derived from its connection with the Dukes of Bedford, who have been associated with the area since Norman times. 'Purlieus' describes land that was once part of a Royal Forest and is still subject to certain forest laws.

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Taken on September 19, 2012