I was going to skip documenting this deer, and I am not doing a series like that last time, but Doug's comment about beetles made me go back and take a closer look.
I found beetles romantically involved among the bones, skin, and hair of the unfortunate deer.
This carrion beetle popped up for only a moment and then it was back to work in the sand beneath the carcass.
I was amazed at how fast this deer was reduced in volume. We had about two days of stink, one day with vultures, and then no real sign of it, unless you waded through the brush to get to it.
I suppose the vultures did the heavy lifting here since there were about 50 of them in the surrounding oaks when the deer was first spotted.
Oh, it's a wild ride these atoms take, from soil to plants to deer to vulture to soil to plants ...
Icky video below: A ground level FLY -through (whacka, whacka) of the deer carcass.