How unusual are melanistic Fallow?
I only ask because I've got a group of 8-10 hanging around on one of my permissions, of which five does and the buck are definite melanistics, and the remainder are still darker than normal. My son and I sat and watched them today on rape stubble at around 7pm from the truck, at a range of 450-500yds (I've promised Gadget the buck when he comes up for the Midland, so no shooting).
The buck doesn't have a particularly impressive head and hasn't shed all his velvet yet. Black fallow are fairly common around here (my first fallow buck was a melanistic) but I've never seen a group of them as large as this before.