Fallow Deer In Richmond Park

Young male Fallow deer

Male fallow deer are called bucks, females are called does and the young ones are called fawns. Does do not have antlers, and this little guy has budding antlers, so that makes him a fawn or a young buck.

Adult males have palmate antlers, which means that they are flat plates rather than the tube-like horns of Red deer. This second photo makes it pretty clear what palmate means.

And look at the jackdaws perched on the buck. They must be picking ticks and other insects off the deer for it to be so calm and obliging about the free ride the birds are getting.


Fallow deer with antlers and jackdaws on its back

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    1. Thanks about the photos. It’s too cold here to grow Aloe Vera. It is possible to grow it in a pot and take it outside for the summer in the southern parts of England – and then bring it indoors for the winter. I have seen them growing in greenhouses in the Botanic Gardens where they have lots of space to let them grow.

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  1. Lovely deer. You have jackdaws, instead of crows? What are rooks? The birds remind me of oxpeckers in Africa. Maybe you saw some?

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    1. We have jackdaws and crows and rooks. Jackdaws are the smallest, with grey on their heads. Crows and rooks are bigger – all black and similar to each other. Rooks have shaggy feathers around their legs and crows do not. Rooks are sociable and build nests high in trees together (called a rookery) – Crows are more solitary. We also have ravens – much bigger than crows or rooks – but only in The Tower of London grounds and in Scotland.
      The jackdaws reminded me of oxpeckers, too.:-)

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