Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

(Land Mammals Category) - Family - Cervidae - Deer

This challenge closed over 4 years ago.

The Challenge

The 14th in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.

As you can see the title will start with the category which will make it easier for me when choosing what challenge to do next, I can see the challenges I have already run in this category.

For this challenge please add your images of DEER.

NO ZOO OR CAPTIVE ANIMALS DEER PARKS ARE ALLOWED WITHOUT HUMANS HUMAN MADE OBJECTS PRESENT

Interesting Facts

> Species in the Cervidae family include white-tailed deer, elk, moose, red deer, reindeer, fallow deer, roe deer and chital. Male deer of all species (except the Chinese water deer) and female reindeer grow and shed new antlers each year.

> The word “deer” was originally broad in meaning, but became more specific over time. In Middle English der (Old English dēor) meant a wild animal of any kind.

> For most deer in modern English usage, the male is called a “buck” and the female is a “doe”, but the terms vary with dialect, and especially according to the size of the species. For many larger deer the male is a “stag”, while for other larger deer the same words are used as for cattle: “bull” and “cow”. The male Red Deer is a “hart”, and the female is a “hind”. Terms for young deer vary similarly, with that of most being called a “fawn” and that of the larger species “calf”; young of the smallest kinds may be a kid. A group of deer of any kind is a “herd”. The adjective of relation pertaining to deer is cervine; like the family name “Cervidae”, this is from Latin: cervus, “deer”.

> Deer weights generally range from 30 to 250 kilograms (70 to 600 lb), though the northern pudu averages 10 kilograms (20 lb) and the moose averages 431 kilograms (1,000 lb).

> Antlers grow as highly vascular spongy tissue covered in a skin called velvet. Before the beginning of a species’ mating season, the antlers calcify under the velvet and become hard bone. The velvet is then rubbed off leaving dead bone which forms the hard antlers. After the mating season, the pedicle and the antler base are separated by a layer of softer tissue, and the antler falls off.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for your favourite!

Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s posted on the groups Feature Board.
1st place member will be become a featured member.

Additional Information

PLEASE ADD YOUR IMAGE TO THE GROUP, IMAGES THAT ARE NOT ADDED TO THE GROUP WILL RISK NOT BEING FEATURED IF YOU WIN

Cover Image: Woodland meeting by Alan Mattison

Completed

The Top Ten

Woodland meeting by Alan Mattison

Woodland meeting by Alan Mattison was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 9 votes.

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  • The Little Fawn by Gisele Bedard
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  • Mule Deer Buck Fight 1 by A.M. Ruttle
  • Quality Time by Arla M. Ruggles
  • Velvet Buck by CatKV
  • Reindeir in Finland by Arie Koene

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