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Richmond Park is a national nature reserve and deer park with 630 Red and Fallow deer roaming freely since 1529.

The deer have played a major role in the park's history and have shaped the landscape too.

Our special grassland habitat depends on grazing and the parkland trees have a distinctive 'browse line' as the deer eat all the leaves and twigs growing below about 1.5 metres. Deer grazing also prevents tree seedlings from growing, keeping the grassland open.

During the autumn the deer 'rut' (breeding season) takes place. The Red stags and Fallow bucks compete for females (known as hinds and does respectively). At this time, the large males roar, bark and clash antlers in a spectacular way in an attempt to fight off rivals and attract as many females as possible. The young are born May - July and are hidden by their mothers amongst the bracken and long grass. The young are very vulnerable at this time and their mothers, being sensitive to disturbance, will defend their babies.

  • See more at: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park/flora-and-fauna/deer#sthash.zA9Cv2fr.dpuf
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Nick Weall on December 14, 2013

pcwong alice ~ Hello and many thanks for your kind appraisal and YSL ~ Best wishes ~ nick

Schwiemonster on January 6, 2014

Morning light! Beautiful, dear Nick! Like and fav! All the best for you and your family for 2014! Hugs, Ellen

Nick Weall on January 7, 2014

Schwiemonster Hello dear Ellen :~) Many thanks indeed for your lovely comments and YSL. I in turn wish you and your loved ones all the very best for 2014 ~ Hugs ~ nick

&ri.co on March 22, 2014

very very nice photo!! like

Nick Weall on March 22, 2014

*&ri.co * ~ Hi once again and thank you very much for your compliment and like ~ Best wishes ~~~ nick :~)

Aramos on April 28, 2014

Belo exemplar e uma linda luz captada. muito bom trabalho. A.Ramos e L 11 para essa foto.

Nick Weall on April 28, 2014

Aramos Hello and yes he is quite a guy ~ thanks for your kind compliments and like ~ Best wishes ~ nick

Nenad Obradovic on May 5, 2014

Fantastic photo Nick. FL

Nick Weall on May 5, 2014

Nenad Obradovic ~ Hello ~ Thank you very much for your fantastic comment and YSL ~ Best wishes ~ nick

davidcmc58 on May 9, 2014

Such lighting...... Greetings, David from California

Nick Weall on May 10, 2014

davidcmc58 Thanks David it was a good morning ~ All the best ~ nick

Alan L.KeepPanoramio on May 19, 2014

Lovely Nick! - Catching the morning sunlight.

Regards,

Alan

Nick Weall on May 20, 2014

© Alan L. Good morning to you Alan and thanks for your kind comments ~ All the best ~ nick

ANGEL, EL ALFA III on August 26, 2014

Espectacular. Like + Fav. Saludos desde Madrid

Nick Weall on August 26, 2014

ANGEL, EL ALFA III Hello, thanks for the nice compliment and your generous YSL ~ Best wishes ~ nick

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  • Uploaded on November 22, 2013
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    by Nick Weall
    • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D700
    • Taken on 2013/11/10 08:01:59
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 300.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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