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Red Deer in Portugal

Red Deer, north of Alvares Portugal

When we were looking for Eagles in the valley with the olive groves north of Alvares in the Alentejo of southern Portugal, there were herds of both Red and Fallow Deer on the hillsides above us. We were, in fact, right on the edge of large private hunting reserve. However you feel about hunting, the deer were certainly beautiful and healthy, and the land they were on is being preserved in natural state, which has to be a good thing. In fact it is one of the places they are reintroducing the Iberian Lynx, the most endangered feline species in the world, and with some early signs of success. That is a very good thing. As we enjoyed the deer, Helder, my Portuguese guide, wondered aloud if he would see an Iberian Lynx one of these years from this very spot, while ostensibly looking for Eagles? I certainly hope so. Sony RX10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/640th @ f4 @ ISO 100. Processed in Photoshop Express.