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The Deer rut cry

The Deer rut cry
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Copyright: Fred Hardaway (Deon01) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 1 N: 27] (159)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-26 4:06
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Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
It's the time which has made deer famous. It is when we can hear their incredible cry. It resounds throughout the forest from the end of September (second fortnight) to the beginning of October.

There are different rut cries. Here are descriptions :

* Presence cry: short and brief, it is, in fact only a deep and rough belch,
* Languishing cry: long, lonely and gloomy (ouh oh oh oh),
* Defiance cry: high tone provocation (ho ho ho oh),
* Pursuit cry: staccato cry emitted when the buck runs behind the doe (heu heu heu ...),
* Triumph cry: powerful cry of the winner of the fight.

Love is in the air and the young, maverick deer set off for adventure, forgetting all instinct to claim females.

The old males jealously guard their herd to ensure that they reinstated. In addition, they attempt to attract females of nearby herds. These herds can reach 30 head at a time. They have much to do day-in and day-out : supervising females mating with willing females, discouraging young males from stealing females who have strayed from the herd. These mavericks can become insistant in which combat may be unavoidable.

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Great shot ! Excellent composition, sharpness and details, and great light, sems that you have taken this photo eary in the morning or in the evening. We have such deers in the forest, near my village, their cry is very impressive. very well done !

Nice pic. Text is somehow misleading. Text goes obviously about the red deers in the background. Note that the 6 in the foreground are not red deers but fallow deers (with 2, possibly 3, males in there).

Red deer - Cervus elaphus (rut in October)

Fallow deer - Dama dama (rut also in October but after the one from red deer)

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