|Copyright: Natalka Melnycky (nat)
|Date Taken: 2011-10-31|
|Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2012-01-11 21:44|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Being this close to a male reindeer isn't common. I was lucky enough to work with these wonderful animals this fall. They became habituated to my presence, allowing me to sneak close up shots from behind sparse bushes.|
In most populations both sexes grow antlers and it is the only cervid species in which females grow them as well as males. In the Scandinavian populations, old males' antlers fall off in December, young males fall off in the early spring, and for females fall off in the summer. The antlers typically have two separate groups of points, a lower and upper. There is considerable subspecific variation in the size of the antlers (e.g., rather small and spindly in the northernmost subspecies), but, on average, the bull reindeer's antlers are the second largest of any extant deer, after the moose. In the largest races, the antlers of big males can range up to 100 cm (39 in) in width and 135 cm (53 in) in beam length. They have the largest antlers relative to body size among living deer species.
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