The early evening heat and lack of water convinced me that it was acceptable to walk my bike at least a few yards up a steep hill last night. There's a reason for everything, and because I'd slowed down I was able to notice two fawns in the grass. Their mother was nowhere in sight. They observed me for awhile and then apparently satisfied that I was harmless started to play little fawn games - prancing around and dancing in the meadow.
I went back today to the area where I'd seen them. Yes, they were still there - intermittently content and resting and then suddenly up and playing again. They are well developed and alert; it is evident that they are cared for - their mother must be near.....although I do wonder where she spends her days. What is she doing? Out shopping......?