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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-31
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
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Date Submitted: 2010-09-11 12:53
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Hello All
another shot from the park from Sainte-Croix, this fawn was a very docile modele

FALLOW DEER (dama dama)

The Fallow Deer (Dama dama) is a ruminant mammal belonging to the family Cervidae.
The male is a buck, the female is a doe, and the young a fawn. Bucks are 140-160 cm long and 90-100 cm shoulder height, and 60-85 kg in weight; does are 130-150 cm long and 75-85 cm shoulder height, and 30-50 kg in weight. Fawns are born in spring at about 30 cm and weigh around 4.5 kg. The life span is around 12-16 years. All of the Fallow deer have white spots on their backs, and black tips at the ends of their tails.

The species has great variations in the colour of their coats, with four main variants, "common", "menil", "melanistic" and "white" - a genuine colour variety, not albinistic.[2] The common coat variation has a brown coat with white mottles that are most pronounced in summer with a much darker coat in the winter. The white is the lightest colored, almost white; common and menil are darker, and melanistic is very dark, sometimes even black (easily confused with the Sika Deer). Most herds consist of the common coat variation, yet it is not rare to see animals of the menil, melanistic and white coat variations as well.
Only bucks have antlers, which are broad and shovel-shaped. They are grazing animals; their preferred habitat is mixed woodland and open grassland. During the rut bucks will spread out and females move between them, at this time of year fallow deer are relatively ungrouped compared to the rest of the year when they try to stay together in groups of up to 150.

Distribution and history

Fallow Deer is a Eurasian deer[3] that was a native to most of Europe during the last Interglacial. In the Holocene, the distribution was restricted to the Middle East and possibly also parts of the Mediterranean region, while further southeast in western Asia was the home of a close relative, the Persian Fallow Deer (Dama mesopotamica), that is bigger and has larger antlers. In the Levant, Fallow Deer were an important source of meat in the Palaeolithic Kebaran-culture (17000-10000 BC), as is shown by animal bones from sites in northern Israel, but the numbers decreased in the following epi-Palaeolithic Natufian culture (10000-8500 BC), perhaps because of increased aridity and the decrease of wooded areas.


The Fallow Deer was spread across central Europe by the Romans. Until recently it was thought that the Normans introduced them to Great Britain and to Ireland for hunting in the royal forests. However recent finds at Fishbourne Roman Palace show that Fallow Deer were introduced into southern England in the first century AD. It is not known whether these escaped to form a feral colony, or whether they died out and were reintroduced by the Normans.

Fallow deer are now widespread on the UK mainland and are present in most of England and Wales below a line drawn from the Wash to the Mersey. There have been long standing populations in the New Forest and the Forest of Dean and many of the other populations originated from park escapees. They are not quite so widespread in the northern parts of England but are present in most lowland areas and also in parts of Scotland, principally in the Tay valley and around Loch Lomond. According to the British Deer Society distribution survey 2007 they have enjoyed an increase in range since the previous survey in 2000 although the increase in range is not as spectacular as for some of the other deer species.

A significant number of the fallow in the Forest of Dean and in Epping Forest are of the black variety. One particularly interesting population is that based in the Mortimer Forest on the England/Wales border where a significant part of the population have long hair with distinct ear tufts and longer body hair.

Rhodes island

The Rhodian population of Fallow Deer (D. d. dama) has been found to average smaller than those of central and northern Europe, though they are similarly coloured. In 2005 the Rhodian Fallow Deer was found to be genetically distinct from all other populations and to be of urgent conservation concern.[4] At the entrance to the harbour of Rhodes city, statues of a Fallow Deer buck and doe now grace the location where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood.

United States

In more recent times, Fallow Deer have also been introduced in parts of the United States. In some areas of central Georgia, wild Fallow Deer, not having any natural enemies, have increased to numbers that cause serious damage to young trees. Fallow Deer have also been introduced in Texas, along with many other exotic deer species, where they are often hunted on large game ranches.

Historical herds

One noted historical herd of fallow deer is located in the Ottenby Preserve in Öland, Sweden where Karl X Gustav erected a drystone wall some four kilometres long to enclose a royal fallow deer herd in the mid 1600s; the herd still exists as of 2006.[5] Another is Phoenix Park in Ireland where a herd of 400-450 fallow deer descend from the original herd introduced in the 1660s.

The Fallow Deer is easily tamed and is often kept semi-domesticated in parks today.


The Latin word dāma or damma, used for roe deer, gazelles, and antelopes, lies at the root of the modern scientific name, and the German Damhirsch, French daim, Dutch damhert, and Italian daino. In Croatian and Serbian, the name for the fallow deer is jelen lopatar ("shovel deer"), due to the form of its antlers. The Hebrew name of the fallow deer, yahmur (יחמור), comes from the Aramaic language. In Aramaic language, hamra (חמרא), means "red" or "brown".

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Ciao Jacqueline, lovely portrait of cute creature, splendid light, beautiful natural colors and excellent sharpness, I like a lot, have a good Sunday my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Jaqueline. Intrigant paying of light on thi pleasant creature. Very gopdo sharp and details.


merhaba Jacqueline
this is very lovely. I had seen some adult and subadult individuals of pretty Dama dama (=Cervus dama) in nature, but a new born fawn not yet. It looks very elegans and very beautiful with its wooly fur. you nicely captured it with great timing and POV. sharp focus, POV and light using very nice. thanks for sharing this beauty. well done
have a nice evening

  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-11 15:50]

Salut Jacqueline,une espece difficile a voir sur TN,un portrait excellent et avec la meilleure qualite' et tres tendre aussi,mes compliments et bonne Dimanche! LUCIANO

Hi Jacqueline,

Awesome job! Seems to be posing for you!:). Great focus! Quite a bokeh effect in the BG, nicely composed too.
The colours of it's nose seem to have come out well, no OE on it's bright white parts either.
Good off-centered composition too! Bravo MF!
TFS and Enjoy your Sunday!


Bonjour Jacqueline,
C'est en effet une belle composition avec un superbe background. On sent le "crop" sevère mais ça demeure une belle prise avec un beau contact des yeux. Merci!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-12 1:32]

Hello Jacqueline,
A lovely photo of this fawn in great sharpness, details, natural colours and a very good DOF. Very good choice of composition.

Hi Jacqueline,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Fallow Deer baby. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

nice bambi, TFS Ori

hello Jacqueline
very nice soft pose with great details and beautiful colours
very nice shot greeting lou

Ciao Jacqueline,
aimable et délicat portrait de ce jeune daim, excellente netteté avec parfaits détails, belles et naturelles coulers, j'aime beaucoup ce cadrage rapproché avec un très bon point de vue.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne nuit
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Jaqueline,

what a cute image from this deer.
Nice low poc with exellent details and fine colours.
This are a real model, she are posing for you!


Hola Jacqueline

Una imagen entrañable y muy bella, perfectos contrastes calidos y nitidez. Buena toma.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-13 22:41]

Hello Jacqueline,
Nice capture of a light-coloured fawn taken from a fine POV in superb lighting, that together with the sharpness, shows him up well against the busy but OOF straw BG.
Thanks and kind regards to you, Valérie and Denis,

Hallo Jacqueline
I cannot decide which I like more. The interesting notes or the beautiful fawn. Thanks to both. Your notes are very educational and your image of this youngster with its innocent appearance so dear to look at. I especially like the clarity of the fur, the light coloured almost pale eye-lashes and the very relaxed pose. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-15 21:58]

Hi Jacqueline.
You have selected model for shooting simply brilliantly. What a beautiful creature. What a nice reflection of its state of mood. Details are ultimate and colour palette is fine. Bravo. Perfect picture.

Hello Jacqueline. Splendid catch of this lovely fallow deer with fine pose and beautiful composition.
TFS. Kind regards,

Once more I must say that you have indeed done a lovely job in presenting this BEAUTIFUL creature to us all.
Went through your notes; EDUCATIVE!!!
BRAVO. Great job.

Hello Jacqueline, wonderful shot of this beautiful dear. The expression on its face really wonderful.
TFS and regards,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-20 23:29]

Hi Jacqueline,
Very beautiful capture of this cute deer.I liked clear details,POV,sharpness and pose of deer a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing..

Bellos colores y tonalidades con unas marcadas
y efectivas texturas. Una imagen tierna.
Saludos Jacqueline: Josep Ignasi.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-09-21 7:35]

Salut Jacqueline
Jolie closed up.Bon pdv et image bien en focus.Le detail de la fourrure est excellent j'aime bien également la profondeur de champs choisi qui nous donnes un jolie arriere plan légerement hors focus.
Merci Michel

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-21 11:54]

Hello Jaqueline.
Nice warm shot of this young Fallow Deer with good POV and well composed good background.Best regards Siggi

Hello Jacqueline,

Thanks for sharing this nice bamby on perfect compositon.


Hi Jacqueline,
amazing portrait of this fallow deer,
TFS and best regards

Hellow Jacqueline,
A striking image of this little deer being well camaflauged into its surroundings.Nice POV and a great composition.

Feel like coddling this docile Fawn, Jacqueline; it's so cute!
A lovely close-up portrait with lots of details on its face.
It is a baby, surely, as its features are delicate.
BTW, how are Val and her baby? Hope all is well with them.
Best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-05 4:41]

Hello Jacqueline,
very nice details and capture of the cute little fawn. Very good eye pose and superb details. The light is well managed to emphasise the clarity.
Splendi poece of work rendered in a calm surroundings.


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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-10-11 14:59]

Hi Jacqueline,

Very nice photo of this very cute fawn. Lovely soft colours and sharpness.



Hi Jacqueline again,
Beautiful portrait indeed, nice playing with lights and shadows + great sharpness. Also a great composition with the fawn's head just in the left third. A pleasant view. Tfs.
Best regards, László

Hi Jacqueline
What a sweet and innocent fawn you captured. He's absolutely adorable laying there so still in the sunshine. I love the sharp detail and nice colours you captured.
TFS Janice

bonjour Jacqueline

une très jolie photo de ce faon du cerf,
prise par un excellent POV, excellent focus
netteté et détails, très belle lumière, TFS


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