Roe deer (metsäkauris) family was standing besides the road I was driving early in the morning in April. Without getting out of the car I opened the window and photographed the deer family. All of the Roe deers were staring at me: WHO are you and what are you doing?
Deers are very sensitive and escape easily if you approach them. I realized that shooting them from a car does not bother them at least they stayed still quite long time. Easy breezy if you find them!
Roe deer family
I was a little bit confused with this deer family as first I thought they were White-tailed deers. But their tails were too short for a White-tailed deer and also their heads looked different. For my surprise they are Roe deers!
This female Roe deer must be in really good condition as she has given birth to triplets. Only the ones in good condition may have some many calves.
The mother evicts the calves at about one year of age just before the next calves are born in April-June. Sad to realize that soon after this meeting with the family the little ones have been on their own.
The Roe deer is a territory animal. The territory is marked by digging small pits in the ground and rubbing scent glands on trees and shrubs. The purpose of the territory is to secure reproduction and food resources. Females do not have equally precise territories, they live in so-called home areas.
Roe deer can wander to new areas, young ones up to hundreds of miles. At about three years of age, deer have found a suitable habitat to stay. After that, the deer is very faithful for a certain living area.
I posted earlier Sleeping male Roe deer in which you can find more photos of Roe deer.
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Take care and have a wonderful day,
Minna from Finnish Nature 😊