Can anyone help with explaining what the brown 'wig' between the antlers is.
We have never seen this before on any Red Deer
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The 'wig' is the base from which the antlers grow. All male red deer have this, however, it is more pronounced on this individual. It is always more obvious at this time of year as they are growing their new set of antlers, though this one does seem to be shaggier than most. I think it is just an unusually hairy individual.
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Thanks for that.
As I have said before we see Red Deer almost daily and have not see this so pronounce before. The photo was taken from our bedroom window. The other morning we opened the curtains and he was standing there looking at us, and even waited while we found the camera and took the photo! We do wonder why stalker are always shown crawling though the heather to get close to deer!
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They crawl through the heather because they think it looks good; its a macho thing. I once saw a photograph of a bunch of American duck shooters all dressed in full camouflage kit to go out on a lake in a boat, how would grean/brown clothes help in a boat in the middle of a lake?
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