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Breathtaking photos: Rutting season begins in Phoenix Park

Geraldine Gittens

Published 04/10/2015 | 10:49

A buck stands with does in the late afternoon autumn sunlight in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as the rutting season begins. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A buck stands with does in the late afternoon autumn sunlight in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as the rutting season begins. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

These beautiful images show deer standing in the late afternoon autumn sunlight in Phoenix Park, Dublin yesterday, as the rutting season begins.

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Young fallow deer bucks are feeling energetic and are vying for the attention of the park's does.

By mid September, aggression is more marked as the breeding season (or rut) begins. Mature stags are increasingly intolerant of each other, and can be seen chasing through the fields as they attain peak condition.

The herd at the park normally graze on the 200-acre flat meadow area, colloquially known as the Fifteen Acres.    

A buck stands with does in the late afternoon autumn sunlight in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as the rutting season begins. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A buck stands with does in the late afternoon autumn sunlight in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as the rutting season begins. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A woman visiting from Saudi Arabia, feeds a fallow deer buck as the rutting season begins, in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A young girl visiting from Saudi Arabia, feeds a fallow deer buck as the rutting season begins, in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A fallow buck calls in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as the rutting season begins. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A crow lands on a doe in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as the rutting season begins. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Fallow bucks rut in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as the rutting season begins. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A fallow buck sits with does in the afternoon autumn sunlight in Phoenix Park, Dublin, as the rutting season begins. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Three species of deer live wild in Ireland today: fallow deer, red deer and the sika deer.

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