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Roe Deer

Roe Deer
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Copyright: Nel Diepstraten (NellyD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Christmas holiday Germany 2006
Date Submitted: 2007-02-25 10:15
Viewed: 4081
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a picture from my archives, taken on december 24th 2006. On that day I visited the Eifel-Zoo in Lunebach, Germany. This 300,000 m˛ large animal park is located in an area, which is typical for the Eifel, with fields and and ponds. And there are a variety of different animals, among them a lot of roe deer, like this one.

From the internet:

The European Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) is a relatively small deer, with a body length of 95-135 cm, a shoulder height of 65-75 cm, and a weight of 15-30 kg. It has rather short, erect antlers and a reddish body with a grey face. Its hide is golden red in summer, darkening to brown or even black in winter, with lighter undersides and a white rump patch; the tail is very short (2-3 cm), and barely visible. Only the males have antlers, which are lost during winter, but which re-grow in time for the mating season. The first and second set of antlers are unbranched and short (5-12 cm), while older bucks in good conditions develop antlers up to 20-25 cm long with two or three, rarely even four, points. When the male's antlers begin to regrow, they are covered in a thin layer of velvet-like fur which disappears later on after the hair's blood supply is lost. Males may speed up the process by rubbing their antlers on trees, so that their antlers are hard and stiff for the duels during the mating season. Roebucks are the only type of deer that can regrow their antlers during winter.

The Roe Deer is primarily crepuscular, very quick and graceful, living on high ground or mountains, although it may venture to grasslands and sparse forests. It feeds mainly on grass, leaves, berries and young shoots. A pioneer species commonly associated with biotic communities at an early stage of succession, during the Neolithic period in Europe the Roe Deer was abundant, taking advantage of areas of forest or woodland cleared by Neolithic farmers.

The Roe Deer attains a maximum life span (in the wild) of ten years. When alarmed, it will bark a sound much like a dog and flash out its white rump patch. Rump patches differ between the sexes, with the white rump patches heart-shaped on females and kidney-shaped on males. Males may also bark when attracting mates during the breeding season, often luring multiple does into their territory. The Roe Deer spends most of its life alone, preferring to live solitary except when mating during the breeding season.

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Ciao, bellissimo cerv, ottima composizione e luce.

Hi Nel, lovely deer, very nice picture with great pose, very well done, ciao Silvio

superbe ta photo, beau cadrage et netteté

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-25 17:10]

Hi Nelly,
Very nice crisp capture of this deer, The composition is very good, thanks for sharing.

Hello nel, well done on this captured excllent colors bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp TFS Kyle

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-02-27 13:19]

Hi Nel,
Mooie compositie en pov. Prachtige lichtinval en kleuren, door de zon lijkt de buik iets overbelicht, maar dat is niet zo erg.
gr. Paula

Mooie foto, hij staat daar stoer. Het is trouwens geen ree, maar een damhert.

Hello Nel,
A lovely animal is nicely depicted!
Seems like this guy is quite cool about being photographed, hehehe...
Well composed image, good colour & details!
Pablo -

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