I had a very weird experience the other day! I was recording the dawn chorus in Castle Wood near Gifford and had set up my mics at around 3.30am and ran 30m of cable back to a large pine tree with overhanging branches. The dawn chorus started slowly at around 3.40am with robins and song thrushes and then became more intense as blackbirds, pheasants, wrens, wood pigeons and various other birds joined in. Suddenly, at around 5am when the dawn chorus was starting to lose intensity, I heard a pair of roe deer barking. They gradually came closer until a female came into view. It slowly came towards me and came closer and closer until it was around 3m away!! It then lay down and just watched me for a few minutes. Very odd! It had definitely spotted me but didn't seem fussed at all.
Above is the picture I got as it started to move away and I could move and grab my camera. There is also a recording of the pair calling from around 10 minutes before. I will post a few more dawn chorus recording in the future as I am planning to head out a few more times this month to try and get some more recordings before the birds start to nest and the chorus becomes less intense.