Mountaineering monkeys and shy Sika

Posted on December 10, 2016

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Well not exactly monkeys but sure footed Lundy goats, who seem to defy the normal laws of gravity. They somehow perch on sheer granite cliffs with a laid-back approach of a Beatnik in a coffee shop; and all to munch on some tasty lichen. Mmmmmmm. Lichen, as we all know, is a composite organism that arises from algae and/or bacteria living among filaments of a fungus in a symbiotic relationship. The feral goats are not however, all that they seem.

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Sailors often left goats on islands so as there would be meat for anybody shipwrecked. The original herd of goats on Lundy were consumed during the hard times of the second world war. These were replaced in the fifties by a small population of animals related to the goats of the Valley of the Rocks, and seem to be thriving.

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Bye, bye DaveO.

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Run bambi run.

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Actual deer on the actual doorstep at Tibbetts, literally. LOL

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Black backed gull at Gannets’ Rock.

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Mother and fawn.

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Feral Soya sheep hiding from Pedigree falcons..

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Wingnut & tribe.

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Canon 7D mk2 w/ 70-300mm L IS

Stars over Tibbetts coming soon.

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