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Coming together....

By Fred263
I hope you may like my image of the pair of Red deer which was taken at Bushy Park, S.London about two weeks ago with Lillian & friends. The deer were resting in the shade but shadows from the nearby trees made correct exposure tricky. I added a Version as today is St Georges Day.Smile

The stag's antlers were in the early stages of growth and male & female appear to be relaxed in each other's company.A male deer's antlers are first seen as small lumps of tissue but as they develop, they are covered with a soft fur-like covering. They are described as being "in velvet". Growing antlers consist of a blood-filled, bone-forming tissue which is very soft & sensitive.

A Red Deer stag's antlers can grow rapidly at the rate of one inch per day. When the antlers have grown to full size, with the approach of the breeding season, this causes the blood supply to the antlers to be cut off. The stags begin shedding the velvet by rubbing the dead velvet against trees to remove it.

Thanks have looking & have a great day.

Tags: Bushy park Red deer Red deer stag Wildlife and nature Antlers in velvet

Voters: mike9005, Badgerfred, TerryMcK and 37 more

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capto Plus
7 6.0k 13 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2019 6:19PM
A lovely shot, they seem to be having a good gossip.Smile
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Mike_Smith Plus
12 610 1 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2019 8:02PM
Cracking capture Fred, always nice to see these. They look a lot calmer than when the Rut is going on
23 Apr 2019 3:16AM
Very nice image and interesting description.
23 Apr 2019 8:17AM
Excellent Fred,
Fred.
Nice capture
JawDborn 8 1.2k 1 England
23 Apr 2019 8:56AM
Morning gossip?
23 Apr 2019 9:41AM
nice shot
Two great images
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
23 Apr 2019 2:02PM
Nice moment Fred. A lovely natural scene.
Ron
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2019 3:36PM
Beautifully done Fred.
Peter
23 Apr 2019 4:13PM
Lovely nature shot with a touch of humour tooSmileSmileSmile
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2019 4:54PM
Clever you Fred...happy St Georges day to you too
A lovely memory ...and great photo
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2019 5:43PM
A really lovely capture of the two,
Ju
mistere Plus
6 4 3 England
23 Apr 2019 6:27PM
Nicely done Fred, a lovely capture of those delightful creatures.

Dave.
23 Apr 2019 8:03PM
Excellent Fred. Love the version. Cathy
23 Apr 2019 8:04PM
Brilliant captured images Fred .
Jeff. SmileSmile
24 Apr 2019 3:32AM
They look so relaxed , Lighting turned out fine Fred, stellar shot of these two in thier prime. Wonder if they are siblings or friends ?
Cheers Walt
laura1 15
24 Apr 2019 10:35AM
best friends and maybe future mate!
a very cute image

Laura
DonMc 11 3 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2019 12:39PM
Excellent nature capture Fred!
Don

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