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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -I-, Hide & Seek [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-07 10:49
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Now where on earth could the red deer be? Can you spot any?

We finally had some sun today so I spent the day at Richmond. I found the Fallow Deer bucks quite easily but I couldn't find my favourites the Red Deer anywhere. I walked for miles but couldn't see any. Eventually I saw a pair of ears just appearing over the long ferns and soon this head followed.

Red Deer Facts from the Mammal Society website:

General Ecology:
In Britain most red deer are found on the open moorlands of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, although scattered populations are found elsewhere such as north west England, East Anglia, Exmoor and Ireland.

Range and numbers greatly reduced in historic times, becoming extinct in much of England, Wales and the Scottish Lowlands by the end of the 18th century. Subsequent increase in numbers associated with the development of deer stalking as a sport, under-culling of females, and to colonisation of forestry plantations. Contemporary population is likely to exceed c.315,000 animals.

About 80% of the Scottish red deer population live in open-hill habitats year-round. These animals tend to be smaller and produce fewer young than those resident in woodland habitat.

On the open hill, males and females usually remain in separate groups for much of the year, the females (hinds) tending to monopolise the better, relatively grass-rich, habitats. In contrast, the males (stags) tend to utilise poorer heather-dominant feeding areas. Grasses, sedges and rushes comprise the bulk of the summer diet, with dwarf-shrubs such as heather and blaeberry being more important in winter. Young trees are also browsed. In winter red deer usually concentrate on sheltered lower ground, moving to higher altitude summer feeding areas.

In open habitats, such as moorland, hinds are typically organised into groups of upto 40 animals, consisting of a dominant hind, her dependent offspring, and her mature daughters together with their offspring, all sharing over-lapping ranges. In contrast, stag groups are less stable and comprise unrelated individuals. Group-size of red deer occupying woodland habitats tends to be smaller than those of the open hill.

Mating takes place from the end of September to November. At this time (the "rut") mature stags, perhaps 5 to 6 years of age, leave the bachelor groups to seek out hinds at traditional rutting sites. Here the stags attempt to defend groups of 10-15 hinds (exceptionally up to 70) in an attempt to prevent mating by other stags. During the rut, stags engage in roaring "contests", which may escalate to include parallel walking and locking of antlers. Serious injury is not an uncommon consequence of these battles for access to females. So pre-occupied are they with the rut that stags typically lose c.14% of their pre-rut body weight.

Following the rut, stags and hinds typically segregate again. Calves produced as a consequence of the autumn matings are born from mid-May, with a peak of births in the 1st or 2nd week of June. Calves are usually weaned by 8 months old.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-07-07 11:02]

This is a funny shot Karan.
I like him looking at you just from above the ferns. A great place to hide, but if you were playing hide and seek I know who won the game...
Nice compo and well seen and captured
Thanks Paula

Hi Hester, lovely deer in the green, excellent sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio
:) tomorrow

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-07 12:22]

Hi karen. I like the picture of the deer. Bracken grows so tall about one foot a week.a good compostion and detail . you have made good eye contact.nice colurs. well done TFS. good notes.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-07 12:38]

Hi Karan,

An unusual and beautiful shot of the deer mostly hidden in the beautiful green ferns. The face is gorgeous with wonderful eyes looking out. Details are so good that I see the eyelashes. Fantastic composition.


Hello Karan,
This is wonderful!
Cool moment captured, and the composition is most pleasing...
Excellent DOF, fine natural colours!
Pablo -

Hello Karan,
Finally your excellent posting came!
I loved this photo how you captured the red deer, he looks curious and cute!!
good exposure and focus with sharpness, colour and details
thanks for sharing, Karan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-08 1:33]

Hi Hester,
You must have been quick with the camera to catch this one popping out of the ferns. Excellent shot, very sharp and fine colours.
Well composed too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

bonjour karan
j'aime cette photo pour la l'aspect humoristique et inattendu.(tu m'as vu!et bien moi aussi)
bonne netteté et couleurs juste.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-08 2:24]

Hola Karan,
Disfruto mucho con tus trabajos,
original pov,
quién observa a quién??
saludos amiga.

great note
my favorite animal
good picture ( focus could be better)


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-08 5:13]

hello Karan,
Very funny attitude of this Red Deer looking through the ferns. Original picture. I like the eye-contact with the animal.
Well seen.
best regards

Hi Karan,
Great portrait, Excellent DOF, detail, colours, exposure, and POV. Well seen from the BG,
Well done!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-08 12:24]

Hi Karan,
a great shot of this deer.
Excellant POV.
Well done,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-08 20:38]

Hello Karan

I love this shot.The green sea of ferns are lovely and the curious deer face poking through is classic.Super POV,and well cropped and composed.Wonderful woody colours.TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-09 3:34]

Hi Karan,
Fabulous shot of this Deer among the green ferns. Tremendous eye contact and it looks so cute. Very neat focus, sharp details and lovely colours. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-09 4:38]

Hi Karen,

well spotted! Nice compo with a perfect DOF.
Great shot, worth all the walking!

Another fine shot at Richmond park nicely composed good dof and sharpness tfs rgds Necip

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-10 0:12]

This is a beautitful composition Karan. The ferns must be very high due to the amount of rain we have had. I think that this should could win a prize, it is perfect in every way. Sharpness, colours, dof and is, of course, charming. Great work Karen.

This is another very original capture with great eye contact and natural exposure and colors. I hope that everything goes well in UK now. Thanks and see you around,

Hi Karan,
I think you need to take me to Richmond sometime. You always seem to return with such wonderful shots of deer from this park. This is just marvelous. The moment is priceless. Superb work on the DOF and composition. The details on the ferns and the deer are spot on. I which I could have made this photo.

I hope all is OK with the flooding.

Exellent shot and moment Karan. wonderful composition among ferns. Ferns color appear this lovely deer much. Clarity, looking of eyes great.
The biotop from your country looks like that in my hometown, Turkish Black Sea and many boreal species occurs in both of them.
thanks for sharing
best wishes

me voilà de retour en arrière mais je n' avais pas vu celle-ci, c'est superbe de voir juste cette jolie tête dans cete belle verdure, jolies couleurs
bravo et merci encore

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