Brilliant photos there and excellent quality too!
I'm no expert but you've captured some interesting behaviour I've personally not seen before. It has always been my understanding that if they were going to shed anything then this years bucks would shed their 'buttons' in spring which could mean that if this fellow has just shed he could be a yearling?!
Maybe he hasn't shed and she is just preening him? Or maybe she was barren this year and still has last years following her? Or maybe he is another buck entirely? Look forward to more input from others!
Last edited by csl; 19-12-2014 at 21:30.
Oops... I might have had a few glasses of Christmas pop (not pot!)
Hi Guys,Have had a look back through this year's pics from this camera.
It is a small wood and I know the regular roe very well.
There are no spikers/prickets/two pointers which might be expected to cast now.
Only this year's button bucks.
Have heard of button bucks casting in January.
Wondered if this was a case of a button buck casting a month early due to the mild weather or some other reason ?
Enlargement of one of the pics shows fairly clearly the crater left by a cast antler.
I'm guessing the early casting button buck theory is most likely ?
the pedicle cleaning bahaviour was continuous for three minutes as timed by the camera.
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And now you're going to to get me in trouble for dragging this thread off topic!