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The Fallow Deer

The Fallow Deer
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Copyright: Mn Gl (marjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-03 10:16
Viewed: 4448
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 years.
Albinistic variant of Fallow Deer, in Beijing Zoo
Albinistic variant of Fallow Deer, in Beijing Zoo

The species is very variable in colour, with four main variants, "common", "menil", "melanistic" and "albinistic". 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 albinistic 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 in October 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.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-03 10:28]
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Hello Marjan,
Wonde3rful capture of this deer.I liked 3D effect and visulal impact a lot.

Hi Marjan, fantastic deer, splendid colors, great pose, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Marjan.
Wow! How he stopped there and posed for you is amazing. Good use of fill flash to keep the detail in the background. Well done.
Regards, Steve.

almost like animation, great landscape, magical, TFS Ori

Hi Marjan,
Great capture with a very good landscape as the BG.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-03 15:23]
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Beautiful animal. Good flash exposure. Too bad about the eyes though. No PP solution? Regards,

Zdravo Marjan,
Excellent use of the fill flash! Good white balance, composition and nice landscape.

Bravo, Marjan, so well done, wow, what a capture! The mountains with clouds on the background are gorgeous. What a beautiful place, where is it, is it somewhere on your backyard? I actually have seen deers that close too, but it was nighttime and it was dark. I remember, I was even afraid to pass, I waited for it to leave first. You were not... :)
Beautiful composition, congratulations! This photo is a real hit!

Hi Marjan,
this is a surprising portrait of the Deer, extremely well composed, the lighting , the background, the posture of this male, excellent! I wonder wether the animal was captive.

Hi Marjan,
Beautiful scene, look like it was taken from a fairy tail. The Bg is superb and I´m amazed because the deer is very closae to you.

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