|Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)|
Roe Deer are distributed in Europe and Asia although the subspecies known as Siberian and Chinese Roe Deer are considerably larger than the European subspecies. Along with Red Deer, it is one of the two species of deer native to Britain.
|They are found in a variety of habitats from moorland to woodland but the essentials are food (they are
herbivores) and shelter.
They have two very distinct appearances which change during 2 moults per year and which coincide with the spring and autumn equinoxes (1st March and 21st October).
|The first 3 photos were taken in February and show the greyish winter coats of the bucks (first 2 photos) and the does (3rd photo). At this stage in the year the bucks' antlers are still growing and are covered in "velvet". The white rump patch in the buck is kidney shaped while in the doe it is shaped like the ace of spades. The tail is extremely small and often hard to see.|
|Photos 4 to 6 were taken in early August and show a very different chestnut red colour. The bucks have cast off
their velvet to show their branched antlers.
There is additional information on Roe Deer at Wikipedia.
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