|Copyright: Sophia Butler Lakhouiri (dflydsgns) (6)|
|Date Taken: 2006-08|
|Camera: Kodak DX7590|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-02-04 23:14|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|"Sika" means "deer" in Japanese, and were once considered sacred in Japan.|
Sika (Cervus Nippon) are usually found in Asia, Japan, Korea and China. They are grazers but will occasionally browse. They are also one of the few deer that keep their spots as adults. They are related to elk and have horns similiar to our elk in the USA. Weight is 100-175lbs for a male and 60-110 for a female. Height at shoulder for a mature animal is approximately 3 feet.
During breeding season males fight with their feet for dominant position and the right to mate. They mark territories by digging wide, shallow hole with their antlers and frequently urinating in them.
They have a life span of up to 18 years.
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I love this gathering of deer. And also, how they are mostly laying down in a meadow of purple flowers. Colours and detail are good. You may have tried to get more deer into your image, the deer on the left is missing his head : ) The deer sure have a beautiful rich coloured coat.
Nice compo with the violet flowers behind.
Nice composition! I like the contrast with deer and the flower. Good colors.