Dyrehaven

By Peter Petersen

February

The Tawny Owl (Strix aluco aluco) is called Natugle in Danish. The species is widespread but this subspecies is known from North & Central Europe from southern Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and Black Sea and European Russia.

The Tawny Owl (Strix aluco aluco) seem to feed mainly on mice, frogs and insects in Dyrehaven. 

You will often see the Tawny Owl (Strix aluco aluco) peersing from a tree hollow like this. They also use this as a nesting site.

Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) called Almindelig judasøre in Danish. A mushroom always found on trees and it looks like an ear hence the name.

The bright green moss is a beatiful contrast to the forest floor and snow.

The European Fallow Deer (Dama dama) is called dådyr in Danish. It is a ruminant mammal like the cow. It regurgitate its degradable plantebased diet and chewed it again for better utilization of the food value.

The European Fallow Deer (Dama dama) can be distinguished from the other deer by the marking of the number 111 on their behinds.

Female European Fallow Deer (Dama dama) have no antlers.

The white European Fallow Deer (Dama dama) here are albinos. Albinism is the congenital absence of any pigmentation or coloration and that is why you can see the blood in their eyes. They simply can not produce the pigmentation. In Denmark deer have no other predators than humans and that might be why the white albino deers here are growing in numbers.   

The Western Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) called rådyr in Denmark is also a very common deer in this protected area. This one was curiuos to see what I were doing.