Wildlife Artist - Martin Ridley

Images of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)

WESTERN / EUROPEAN ROE DEER PICTURES

The roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) is a medium sized to smallish deer species that has an average body weight of anywhere between 15 - 30 kg and is usually around 95 – 135 cm in length and 60 - 75 cm average height at the shoulder. The European / Western Roe Deer is distictly smaller than the Siberian Roe Deer. Its antlers are somewhat short and erect. Roe deer seasonally change coat coloration. In summer they are reddish brown while during the winter individuals can be greyish brown or even nearly black, while the underside is lighter and they have a white rump patch. The tail is small and only the males of the roe deer have antlers. Roe deer are distributed throughout Western Europe, from Spain to Turkey, and all the way up to Scandinavia and are also present in England, Scotland and Ireland. Roe deer are one of Britain's native deer species and have become the most widespread. Unlike other deer, they do not live in herds, but are most often seen as solitary individuals or as a family group of a mother and her offspring. Does gives birth to one to three fawns in May or June. Bambi the deer, from the children's books by Felix Salten, was a roe deer.

Roe deer pictures - First snow roe deer print from an oil painting of a roe buck and two does in the snow by Martin Ridley
"First Snow", Roe Deer Picture

Original oil painting
image 24 x 48 inches
Original Sold
Available as a Roe Deer Print

Roe buck in velvet - Snow scene with winter roe deer oil painting
"Alert Roe Buck" Roe Deer Painting

Original oil painting
image 12 x 30 inches
£2100 For Sale Currency Converter

Oil painting of three roe deer picking their way through some broom scub. Original roe deer oil painting for sale
Roe Deer Trio

Original oil painting
image 20 x 30 inches
Sold 11/1/13 Currency Converter

Chasing Roe Bucks Picture - Roe buck painting by Martin Ridley
"Here comes Trouble", Chasing Roe Bucks

Original Acrylic
image 18 x 24 inches
Sold 29/11/12
Available as a Roe Buck Print

Chasing Roe Bucks Picture - Roe buck painting by Martin Ridley
September Roe Buck (Gold medal head)

Original Oil Painting (Commissioned)
image 20 x 24 inches
£3700 Sold 10/1/17

Summer Roe Buck - Oil Painting by Martin Ridley
"August Meadow", Gold Medal Roe Buck

Original oil painting
image 20 x 24 inches
£3345 Sold 25/7/16 Currency Converter

Roe deer pictures - Detail from an acrylic painting of a roe buck in snow
Roe Buck in Velvet

Detail from an original acrylic painting
image 11 x 8 inches
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Paintings of roe deer by Martin Ridley -  Roe buck paintings in the Scottish Highlands - Original oil painting on canvas board
Roe Buck & Autumn Birches, Crathie, Deeside

Original oil painting
image 10 x 14 inches
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Roe Deer Antlers
Antlers arise from bony protrusions from the skull called pedicles. Roe deer shed their antlers annually, in autumn and regrow a fresh pair over the winter. The roe deer is the only known species of deer that regrows its antlers immediately after they are shed and during the winter. Antlers are made of solid bone, which develops under a covering of furry skin with a rich supply of blood vessels. At this stage the antlers are said to be in "velvet". Once growth is complete the blood supply ceases and the velvet breaks down. Roe bucks speed the removal of the velvet by rubbing their antlers up and down small tree stems causing "fraying". When the roe buck's antlers are free of velvet they are described as clean or in hard horn. The exposed antlers are hard bone and free of nerve endings. A typical mature roe buck has three short points per 20- 30 cm antler. They have prominent coronets at the base and good specimens have marked pearling. The most important part of the year for the roe buck is when they establish their territories at the end of April to May.


Roe buck picture
Winter Roe Buck (Capreolus capreolus)

Original oil painting
image 22 x 36 inches
Original Sold
Available as a Roe Buck Print

Three roe deer in the snow from a roe deer oil painting
"Winter Shadows", Roe Deer

Original oil painting
image 22 x 36 inches
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Roe Buck Pictures - An oil painting of a Roe Buck and two does amongst boulders. A deer print from a painting by Martin Ridley
"Buck in Velvet ", Painting of a Roe Buck & Does amongst the Boulders

Original oil painting
image 18 x 32 inches
Original Sold
Available as a Roe Deer Print

Three doe roe deer crossing a snow covered track. Roe deer oil painting by Martin Ridley available as a canvas print
"Winter Track ", Three Roe Deer Does on a Snow Covered Track

Original oil painting
image 19 x 32 inches
Original Sold
Available as a Roe Deer Print

 

Advice on how to observe wild roe deer

Unlike other species of deer in Britain, their territorial behaviour means that roe are not kept in deer parks, so to watch them you have to see them in the wild. Early morning and late evening are good times to see them feeding on grasslands just outside their woodland cover. Ask the advice of local naturalists, natural history societies or the county Wildlife Trust. Many roe habitats have public access, but on private land permission might be required from the owner. Get up early, approach from downwind and be very, very quiet to see deer and other wildlife.

Roe deer are widespread throughout Scotland and much of England, and in many areas they are abundant. They are increasing their range. They are spreading southwards from their Scottish refuge, and northwards and westwards from the reintroduced populations, but are not yet established in most of the Midlands or Kent. They have never occurred in Ireland.

They are generally found in open mixed, coniferous or purely deciduous woodland, particularly at edges between woodland and open habitats. Roe deer feed throughout the 24 hours, but are most active at the beginning and end of the day. The Roe deer is what is called crepuscular, whereas daytime animals are called diurnal and nighttime animals are called nocturnal, crepuscular means at dawn and dusk. The rump patch becomes white and expands to form a large disc when adult does or bucks are excited or alarmed and they emit a warning call similar to the bark of a dog, which is often repeated. With their powerful legs and attuned sense of balance they are a very fast and graceful and could easily escape slower predators, although natural predators, such as bears, lynx and wolves, are now extinct in Britain. Their diet is varied and includes buds and leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs, bramble, rose, ivy, herbs, conifers, ferns, heather and grasses. They seek out the young and juicy growth. Roe deer Lifespan is a Maximum of 16 years. Bucks rarely exceed 5 years and does 6 to 7 years. There is heavy mortality at and shortly after birth and during the first winter.

They exist solitary or in small groups, with larger groups typically feeding together during the winter. At exceptionally high densities, herds of 15 or more roe deer can be seen in open fields during the spring and summer. The roe bucks are seasonally territorial, from March to August. Young females usually establish ranges close to their mothers whereas juvenile males are forced to disperse further afield.

 
 

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Roe deer prints for sale

"First Snow", Roe Deer

Available as a limited edition print

Wildlife art prints from Aquila


Reproduced from an original roe deer painting
Please note: These European roe deer prints are produced following your order and are posted to you direct from the printers.
The prints are on a heavy weight canvas on a backing board and are protected with a matt laminate.


Three doe roe deer crossing a snow covered track. Roe deer oil painting by Martin Ridley available as a canvas print

"Winter Track", Roe Deer Print

Available as a limited edition print

Roe Deer art prints from Aquila


Reproduced from an original roe deer painting
Please note: These European roe deer prints are produced following your order and are posted to you direct from the printers.
The prints are on a heavy weight canvas on a backing board and are protected with a matt laminate.


Chasing roe bucks print on canvas. A mature roe buck sprinting after a younger roe buck

"Here Comes Trouble ", Chasing Roe Bucks Print

Available as a limited edition print

Roe Deer art prints from Aquila

Please note: These roe buck prints are produced following your order and are posted to you direct from the printers.
The prints are on a heavy weight canvas on a backing board and are protected with a matt laminate.