Unlike other deer species the coat colours of the Fallow Deer (Dama dama) can vary from very dark brown, sometimes almost black, through to pale chestnut and even white. I managed to take a peek at this mixed gathering in Bushy Park earlier this week.
The pale coloured but healthy looking dominant buck was very attentive amongst a large mixed herd. Unlike the Red Deer during the rut there were quite a few younger males resting or wandering around the periphery of this gathering but I didn't witness any serious clashes. The big buck just made his intentions clear and the others kept their distance.
Have a wonderful wildlife watching weekend, wherever you are. FAB.