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Group of deer on Studland heath

Observed: 20th May 2013 By: JanetHigginsJanetHiggins’s reputation in MammalsJanetHiggins’s reputation in Mammals

Group of deer with white heart shaped patch on rump.
Sorry about the quality of the photo.

Species interactions

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Gill Sinclair's picture

Deer species

I don't think it's possible to identify the species from this photo - I can see the pale rump patch, but there also appears to be the continuation of some dorsal coloration which I wouldn't expect in a roe deer.

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
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Sika deer

The location suggests either roe or sika as these are the commonest deer on Studland.

One of the animals has a clear white rump, roe deer have an off-white/cream rump. Also you can see a clear black line down the middle of the white rump again suggesting sika. The two tone coat mentioned by Gill is another indication of sika deer.

Graham Banwell

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