Dama dama

Fallow Deer - after the red deer this is Ireland's second largest deer species. They will bleat even out of rutting the season. They mainly graze on grass but nuts and berries also form part of their diet. When this becomes harder to find they will sometimes feed on tree bark. This can be damaging to commercial forests. The fallow deer is protected under the Wildlife Act. Photographed in Co. Leitrim. The female here was photographed in Co. Leitrim. I came across the males in Cabanas De Tavira Portugal.

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