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In The Spotlight

In The Spotlight
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Copyright: karan A L (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-04
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 350D Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-07 10:04
Viewed: 1874
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another picture of one of the fallow deer at Richmond. This one was relaxing in the dappled sunlight under the trees.

Fallow Deer information from www.yptenc.org.uk

Fallow Deer Habits

Daily Life: Wild fallow deer usually live in small herds. Park herds are often larger, numbering 70 animals or more. Outside the mating season, bucks (males) roam around in their own herds separately from the does (females) and their young. Dawn and dusk are the most likely times to spot deer feeding, although they may feed at any time. They prefer an open clearing with plenty of grass and other ground plants. During the day, the deer usually rest and ruminate (chew the cud) in undergrowth. Fallow deer rarely drink and appear to get all the water they need from dew and moisture in plants. In summer, the deer feed mainly on grasses and herbs, but also browse on the foliage of trees and bushes. The trees in deer parks often have a 'browse line' about 1.5 - 2m above the ground which marks the limit to which the deer can reach. In autumn and winter, the deer may eat nuts, berries, strips of bark, dead leaves, holly and fungi.

Breeding: The mating season, known as the rut, usually begins in October and lasts about a month, although mating can take place at any time from September to February. At this time the bucks are very active and each one tries to herd together a group of does into his territory. Each buck marks his territory by scraping the soil with his hooves and antlers, urinating and rubbing his head against saplings, fraying the bark. He also thrashes his antlers against branches and bushes, and struts up and down, bellowing loudly. The intention of all this performance is to attract and mate with as many females as possible within his territory. Rival bucks fight fiercely, charging and clashing their antlers until one gives up injured or defeated and the other takes over the harem.

After a gestation (time between mating and birth) of 230 - 240 days, a single fawn (rarely twins) is born in long grass or bracken. The spotted fawn remains hidden for the first week or two of its life until it is strong enough to run with the herd. Groups of fawns may sometimes be seen playing together, gambolling and chasing each other. They spend much of the day trotting after their mothers and grazing, but are suckled several times a day. Many does suckle their fawns into the new year.

Antlers: bucks begin to show the first sign of antler growth after two years and from then on, each year in April, the antlers are shed and regrow a little larger and more elaborate every year. As the bony antlers grow, they are covered by a hairy skin called velvet. Blood vessels in the velvet supply food and oxygen to the growing bone. When the antler is fully grown, by late August, the velvet is shed and rubbed off and the antler dies, although it stays on the deer's head for several months.

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A GREAT shot here Karan! Excellent light, wonderful detail, amazing portrait here! I love it! What a catch!

Fantastic! Beautiful deer and great capture. Nice framing, excellent sharpness and lovely natural colours! Very impressive!

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  • BenF Gold Star Critiquer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 352] (3060)
  • [2007-08-07 10:08]

Hi Karan,
Very nice shot with beautiful detail
and goo colors.
Well done,

hello karan,
yes, indeed, he's taking his sunbath.
and a very relaxed expression on his face.
a beautiful capture - a really moody lightning !
great POV, very good focus.
thanks - carole

Hi Karan,
Great shot, Nice colours and I like the way the light has fallen on him.
Tfs Andy

hi there, neat shot, good exposure too, nice composition, looks great, well done, nice notes also, thanks scott

Hi Karan,
Outstanding capture of this wonderful deer. It shows a certain way of peace. Superb lighting and contrast an excellent nature photo my dear Karan.

Hello Karan

Stunning capture here,superb clarity and detail.Lovely POV and excellent notes

TFS regards Helen

Hi Karan.
Very beautiful shot and great light.superb detail and good colour. Well done.TFS.

Hello Karan,
beautiful picture, graet!


Hi Karan
Beautiful portrait. Simple but very good light and composition.I like it.TFS.
Best wishes.


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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2007-08-07 13:37]

very nice light
great comp and pov

Wow, excellent capture, TFS!

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-08-07 15:06]

Hola Karan,
realmente hermoso,
retrato genial,
excelente pov,

Bonjour Karan,
It has a really superb pose this deer, just in the light, and which softness refer these, there is still refuge of peace for these animals, they are marvellous one to see one.
Great colours, the delicate light. Great done, Karan
Heartily, Corinne

Hello Karen,

You are so luck to capturted these lovely animels the way you do, excllent colors Bg POv DOF excllent Job

TFS Kyle

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2007-08-08 7:31]

Beautiful light here and good emphasis on the velvety covering of the antlers.

hello karan!
wonderful portrait of this beauty deer, great sharpness and colors with excellent light.

Wonderful image Karan.. Perfect composition, DOF, exposure and sharpness. What type of PP's did you use here? Really admire your work!


Hi Karan,
Another almost asleep deer. It must be the sun. It surely isn't you. :)
A wonderful photo where the light is again making the photo that much more beautiful. The sharpness in the antlers is superb they stand out so well from the BG.

Wonderful shot. Fine portrait of this beautiful animal. Overall a very nice posting.
Best wishes,

The light is great. Lovely content little creature.

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  • NecipP Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 669 W: 16 N: 404] (4722)
  • [2007-08-12 15:52]

Hello Karen excellent capture great light and POV perfect composition I like the light leading from the bottom right through the animal and out from the antler to the diagnol well planned and taken rgds Necip.

hi karan,

i like this natural picture.it's very sharp and with great colors!

Hello Karan,
Well named! ;) An excellent image. The buck looks very relaxed :) The colours, details, sharpness and lighting are superb. Well done!

Well framed, very good manage of the light...

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  • fkokol Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 0 N: 147] (1502)
  • [2007-08-20 13:54]

Wonderful shot. Great colours, sharpness and detail.


Hey Karan,
Great picture. He is really cute! How did you get so close? You have the perfect amount of ground in front of the deer. TFS


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