Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Southern Red Muntjac

Searching for something to share, I came across these shots of the Southern Red Muntjac, which I had taken in the Nature Reserve, and had completely forgotten about. These shy Asian deer-like creatures, also known as Indian Muntjac, kept themselves partially hidden in the tall grasses, near the lake.


The Southern Red Muntjac   (Muntiacus Muntijac)
 

These small deer are family of the Visayan Spotted deer.
 

I had to lighten all these shots, as the deer were in deep shade.
 

The light was poor in the shade, but I finally got a better view of one when she settled in a small clearing.
 


 

Ah, that's better! It didn't bark at me, but the Muntjac does barks like a dog to ward off intruders.
 

The Waxbill.
 

Not a good shot, but as you can see, they were partially hidden in tall grasses, just like the Muntjak, and difficult to single out. They gathered in groups, with other small birds like finches .
 

I tried to get nearer, but they all rose up in a dark cloud, and dispersed to a nearby tree where I couldn't see them at all.
 

These Waxbill photos were taken in the Algarve last July.
 

Perhaps I will be able to get better images of the Waxbill on our next visit to the Algarve next month.
 
WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY
SATURDAY'S CRITTERS
I'D-RATHER-B-BIRDIN

35 comments:

Bas van Es said...

wat een heerlijke serie en zo mooi

Sandra said...

it looks like a dog/deer/kangaroo to me. a little of all 3 and I love that face. where she settled down is my favorite shot. so beautiful. sweet and beautiful birds to and missing your photos, so thanks for these

eileeninmd said...

hello, the Muntjac is a cute critter. Fantastic sighting in the grasses. The Waxbill is a pretty bird, lovely photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Cloudia said...

Sweet shots! thank you

Teresa said...

Son unas imágenes preciosas. Besitos.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely nature shots ~ my favorite thought is the little one in the grass ~ delightful! ~thanks

Wishing you a fun weekend ~ ^_^

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

What a cutie that deer is. I'm visiting from Saturday's Critters.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful set of images.

Linda said...

The Muntjac is absolutely adorable! Your entire series has made my day. Thank you so much for sharing.

Tom said...

The Southern Red Muntjac is one that I have never of before. Thanks for sharing this cute little critter.

magnoliasntea said...

Great shots of the deer and birds. Love that you got the deer resting.
Have a great weekend!

Christine said...

What a sweet little creature! I am so glad you shared these photos and told us about the Muntjac as I don't think I've heard of them before!
I've just found out about a similar tiny antelope called a dik-dik.
Thanks for sharing!

Sami Niilola said...

Hi. Your photos is amazing. I like a lot. Greetings.

Noke said...

Sehr schön die Bilder .

Noke

Linda said...

Love the muntjac! This is a new animal to me.

matti juhani niilola said...

Thank you for your lovely photos. I liked a lot.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Breathtaking; Oh, how cute the shy Asian deer-like creatures "Muntjac" is♡♡♡ Such ADORABLE looking deer I've never seen. The sweet Waxbill 's reddish face and beak really entice us, isn't it♡♡♡
So sorry for my absence and happy to be able to come back, Dear friend.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

Len said...

I've never seen either but I hope to see some waxbills next month!

♥Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'♥ said...

A deer-like creature that barks like a dog! Fascinating!! And an attractive animal too.

Your bird photos are stunning...pretty colors.

Thanks so much for adding your link, sharing with all of us other birders around the world!!

Have a great week ahead--
Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

Richard Pegler said...

Hi Sonjia. Your Muntjac images are delightful - I think this species is one of the prettiest of the deer family.

I hadn't realised that you have Waxbills breeding in Portugal. It made me look them up and I see that they have originated from introduced birds. A very special bird!

Thank you for sharing these images.

With my best wishes - - - Richard

Missy George said...

Love your Muntjac images..Adorable..At first glance it kinda looks like a Kangaroo..Good shots of the Waxbill as well..Hope you are having a good weekend

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I see your comments on my blog ... no problem..... hope you get it fixed for your other blog friends. Comments and visits back and forth are so much a fun part of blogging.

I love these tiny little deer -- the smallest I've ever seen -- they look like stuffed animals (soft toys)..... just adorable. And your birds in the golden rushes are lovely.

Debbie said...

awww, you saved the best deer image for last and it is a beauty. i always share the best one first, incase someone gets bored - hehehehe

the deer appears shy - cautious, but did not run off!!!

the birds are so beautiful, in such a golden setting!!!

heres hoping you have less troubles with your blog as this new week begins!!!

Len said...

If you made a comment I did not get it.

NatureFootstep said...

a most beautiful little deer I have never seen before. The waxbill is also lovely.
Thanks for sharing :)

Lowcarb team member said...

These are all such lovely photographs.

Enjoy this last week of March

All the best Jan

http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/

Stewart M said...

Nice set of pictures - blogging and technology can cause a bit of blood pressure now and then - hope you get to comment soon!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Frank Boxell said...

Great views of the secretive Muntjac.

Les Fous du Cap said...

Très jolie petite biche ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Felicia said...

what a sweet little deer.

Lea said...

Interesting birds!
Cute Muntjac!

Helma said...

Ohhhh .... the deer's great to see !!! What a sweet creature and so small :-)
The birds are very beautiful and I wish that these beautiful birds would also fly in Islander Country.
Greetings and a hug

Derek B said...

Hi Sonjia I didn't realise that the waxbill got as far up the country as you. As already discussed I have seen them on the Algarve. Hope you have a fab time and post lot's of pic's

Derek Billington said...

Hi Sonjia, lovely pic's, I failed to realise after our discussion that you had Waxbills in your area. I know I saw them on the Algarve and no doubt you will too. Have a lovely break and come back with some great pic's

Derek Billington said...

Hope this gets posted, I've tried numerous times.. Love the waxbills. Saw huge flocks on the Algarve xx

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