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Seen on a walk near Grasmere in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, NW England.
The Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) is one of the largest deer species. It inhabits most of Europe, the Caucasus Mountains region, Asia Minor and parts of western and central Asia. It also inhabits the Atlas Mountains region between Morocco and Tunisia in northwestern Africa, being the only species of deer to inhabit Africa. Red Deer have been introduced to other areas including Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. In many parts of the world the meat (venison) from Red Deer is used as a food source.
The elk, or wapiti (Cervus canadensis) of North America is almost identical to red deer,of which they were long believed to be a subspecies; however, mitochondrial DNA evidence from 2004 strongly suggests they are a distinct species (source Wikipedia)

It should be noted that the Red Deer was originally a woodland creature, but in Scotland it is known as a creature of the open hills and glens,and also in the north of the Lake District where the deer around Martindale roam the fells from one valley to the next, whereas in the south of the English Lake District, the red deer of the Furness fells tend to favour woodland as that area is still very heavily wooded.
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Featured in Antlers,Racks and other Horned Animals Feb 2010
British Wildlife-Mammals Apr 2011

Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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Comments

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 5 years ago

    Super capture Jamie …

  • Thanks Tom

    – Jamie Green

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 5 years ago

    Cute…nicely captured.

  • I’ve never seen one so close, it wasn’t bothered

    – Jamie Green

  • Rob Parsons
    Rob Parsonsalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture Jamie

  • Cheers Rob

    – Jamie Green

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurralmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot mate.

  • Thanks Gary

    – Jamie Green

  • traveller
    travelleralmost 5 years ago

    You were honoured indeed to get this fine image of a wild red deer, well done mate.

  • Thanks Ian, I was leading a guided walk and they were making a lot of noise ..It didn’t seem fazed.

    – Jamie Green

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture Jamie, well spotted.

  • Couldn’t miss the bugger mate, it was huge..

    – Jamie Green

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    Excellent look at this beauty. Usually see them at some considerable distance.

  • Me too. We have a herd of up to 70 in the next valley that roam the hilltops and then they hide up in the swamps and woods…I’d never seen one here before, so close to a popular tourist route…

    – Jamie Green

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradouralmost 5 years ago

    Gosh what a beautiful shot, you were lucky to get so close.

  • Thank youn Malcolm, it was a bit special

    – Jamie Green

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture mate, lovely details and pose…and the deer isn’t bad either…lol!!

  • Hahaha..thanks monsewer

    – Jamie Green

  • Andrew Jones
    Andrew Jonesalmost 5 years ago

    Super photograph, very nice work.

  • Thank you Andrew

    – Jamie Green

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