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Sika Deer

Observed: 30th October 2011 By: jhn7
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

In a field near the heathland these deer seemed unafraid even when we walked nearby with our dog (on the lead). When we walked through this field at the beginning of the walk a stag had been browsing near the wood.

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Sika deer

These are sika, note the heart-shaped white rump patch. Strictly speaking they are the Japanese sub-species (C.n.nippon). However, I think some of these may be red/sika hybrids, the ones on the left in the left photo are paler and have unusually large rump patches.

Graham Banwell

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How interesting!

Thank you, I wasn't aware there were hybrids.

Janet
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