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Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer
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Copyright: Jose Conceicao (jconceicao) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 842] (3174)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 400 D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM, Hama UV 77mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-29 13:41
Viewed: 3487
Points: 32
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Fallow Deer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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 is very variable in colour, with four main variants, "common", "menil", "melanistic" and "white" - a geniune colour variety and not a true albinistic which is extremely rare. The common form 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 coloured, almost white; common and menil are darker, and melanistic is very dark, even black (easily confused with the Sika Deer). Most herds consist of the common form but have menil form and melanistic form animals amongst them (the three groups do not stay separate and interbreed readily).
Only bucks have antlers, these 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.

I took this photo in Tapada Nacional de Mafra.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Tapada Nacional de Mafra was created in Mafra, Portugal, during the reign of king Joćo V, following the building of the Mafra National Palace, as a park for royal and court recreation.
Covering over 8 square kilometres, the park holds different species of deer, wild boar, foxes, birds of prey and many others coexisting in an unusually rich and diversified natural habitat. A favourite of the Portuguese monarchy for hunting and other leisure pursuits, the Tapada de Mafra took on a noble connotation that has done much to aid its preservation and continuity.
Its natural heritage ensures it is an excellent location for fun environmental awareness and education programmes. The Tapada is also open for walking, mountain biking, horse riding, archery and crossbow shooting activities.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-29 13:45]

Hi Jose. A good close up of the Fallow Deer which you have taken with fine detail and natural looking colours. i like the new looking horns. A good compostion in their natural environment . well done TFS.

hello Jose
very beautiful natural scene with these splendid animals,wonderful photo

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-29 13:55]

Hello Jose,
This is totally a beautiful photo . Just beautiful.
also the clarity on the two Fallow Deer
is perfect with so much details!
you done it again!
Best regards Siggi

Hi Jose, a fine capture of these cute fallow deers in their natural habitat from nice POV with fine composition and neat details.
TFS and have a nice WE!

Hello Jose,
a splendid picture of the Fallow Deer taken from a good POV with superb sharpness and marvellous colours, very beautiful composition in this natural environment.
Have a good weekend

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-05-29 16:13]

Hi Jose,

This is a very beautiful picture looking more like a painting than a photograph. The deer with their new antlers are wonderful. I love how the one is looking right at you. Superb colors and details. The setting is magnificent and the composition is marvelous.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-29 19:36]

Hi Jose.
What an attractive natural scene and nice presentation of two charming animals. You have reproduced them as well as wonderful surroundings perfectly. Excellent DOF, perfect details, rich fine colours despite the absence of sunlight. Well done and TFS.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-29 22:24]

Hello Jose
Nice photo, iI like natural colors and scene. Well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-30 1:24]

Hello Jose,
What a fantastic photo. The natural light is so beautiful. The harmonious colours of green and brown are splendid. Very good sharpness, details and an excellent composition.

Hi Jose,
A beautiful image with a soft and natural feel to it.
Very nice composition.
Cheers & TFS

Hi Jose. Splendid wild capture in good sharp and amazing GBG.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-05-31 12:20]

Ola Jose,
I like the scene you captured a lot.

Hello Jose
a great scene of this two Fallow Deer, nice to see them in her natural environment
you have taken them in a superb pose especially the first one
i love the colors too
Have a good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-07 4:00]

Hi jose,
lovely capture of this deers in excellent surrounding.
Beautiful and sharp, and to me it is very artistic to see you combined the graphic of the grasses and the green leaves.


Hi Jose,
Very well composed photograph of pair of fallow deer with antlers. TFS

Hi Jose,

A fine portrait of these majestic animals. Nice light and rich color, a very attractive photo.


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