Jackdaws Sitting On A Fallow Deer

jackdaws sitting on a Fallow deer

Picture the Fallow deer, its nose deep in the grass as it snuffles around for something to eat. One thing it doesn’t have is an easy way to pick its own nose clean of whatever might find a home there.

I guess this line of thought can be extrapolated to all kinds of browsing and grazing animals.

What a lot we humans have to be thankful for.

So the Fallow deer has this symbiotic relationship with a jackdaw that picks off insects and whatnots, even into the deer’s nostril.

Click the image and then again to see a bigger version.

Fallow Deer In Richmond Park

Young male Fallow deer

Male fallow deer are called bucks, females are called does and the young ones are called fawns. Does do not have antlers, and this little guy has budding antlers, so that makes him a fawn or a young buck.

Adult males have palmate antlers, which means that they are flat plates rather than the tube-like horns of Red deer. This second photo makes it pretty clear what palmate means.

And look at the jackdaws perched on the buck. They must be picking ticks and other insects off the deer for it to be so calm and obliging about the free ride the birds are getting.

Fallow deer with antlers and jackdaws on its back

The Trees and Deer Of Richmond Park

Ancient trees in Richmond Park
Red deer in Richmond Park
Close up of Red deer in Richmond Park

Richmond Park is a Royal Park on the outskirts of London, adjacent to the town of Richmond upon Thames. It is almost 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of open grassland and woods.

Some areas of the park are cordoned off to allow wildlife to live without disturbance and it was in one of those areas that I saw the tangle of upper branches in the first photo here.

Some of the trees all around the park are huge. And that is testament to the long undisturbed history of the park. If only more of Britain’s nature was as well protected.

The herds of Red deer and Fallow deer roam free in the park. This is a Red deer stag in fine ‘antlerdom’. Tamara wonders how they sleep with that headgear.

I’ll follow up in more posts with Red and Fallow deer.

Do The Fonts In Your WordPress.com Amin Panel Look Weird?

On this site (Photograph Works) the fonts display in the Admin panel more or less the same as they display in the front end.

But on another of my sites, (In The Apple Tree), the fonts in the back end are tiny. And the layout is all scrunched up.

I know that with some themes you can change the fonts using global styles. And with other themes you can use the Customiser. But those are methods to change the fonts in the front end. It doesn’t really explain why the fonts on my site look odd in the back end.

So I searched around, and this is what I found.

In the Admin panel click the three vertical dots at top right. A list will open up, and right at the bottom you will see ‘Preferences’. Click that and this panel will open up in the middle of your screen.

I have highlighted the section that reads ‘Make the editor look like your theme.’ In my case I unchecked it and now the fonts in the back end of In The Apple Tree are normal size and useable.