Hokkaido, Japan

An impressive sika deer with large antlers has turned its head to look to the left. Indeed a proud Sika deer surrounded by a beautiful wild Japanese landscape on the beach.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 10 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Exposure time: 1/3200s
  • ISO: 800
  • Focal Length: 292mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4602 by 3068 pixels (WxH).

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An impressive sika deer with large antlers has turned its head to look to the left. Indeed a proud Sika deer surrounded by a beautiful wild Japanese landscape on the beach. Behind the Sika deer, in the distance, you can see the ocean with an island. Other names for this animal is the ‘spotted deer’ or ‘Japanese deer’.

These deers all have a small head and short legs. The Sika deer males’ have large antlers that contain either 3 or 4 points. However, other individuals with a more dominant role will have more. Females will have two big bumps on their heads instead of large antlers. Their appearance can be described as yellow-brown to reddish-brown in color. In the summer, they have a dark stripe surrounded by white spots on their fur. During winter, their color will change to dark gray to black with no spots or just very faint ones.

Also, these Sika deer are not especially gregarious. Adult males are solitary most of the year though they sometimes group together. At the same time, females will form groups of 2 – 3 during the birthing season. During territorial disputes, the males will use their hooves and antlers as their primary weapons to use during a fight. Sika deer are every excellent swimmer and will readily enter the water to dodge a predator or for other reasons.

The Sika deer, Cervus Nippon, has an IUCN status of least concern.

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