One more year, with the arrival of Autumn, the Alcornocales Natural Park offers the opportunity to discover first-hand one of the most particular phenomena that nature offers us in this season of the year. The bellowing of the deer.
From the meeting point in La Jarandilla at sunset and accompanied by specialized guides, you will enjoy a wonderful night route surrounded by pure nature, listening to the bellowing of the deer. A unique experience that you have to see at least once in your life.
The male deer or deer as they are known in the Campo de Gibraltar compete for the attention of the females, making their throats resonate at sunset, breaking the silence with their shocking bellow and turning the visit to the Park into an unrepeatable spectacle.
This natural phenomenon lasts about a month, usually starting in September -depending on the weather- and lasting well into October or November.
The sound surrounds the heart of Los Alcornocales Park and its echoes can be heard for several kilometers, especially at dawn and also when evening falls.
The rutting period of the red deer is commonly known as bellowing or brama, due to the guttural sound emitted by the males. This period of heat or bellowing begins at the beginning of the boreal autumn, normally at the end of September. The males are in their maximum splendor at the beginning of the season, and they try to take over a territory.
The deer -better known in the area as deer- have a population of around 35,000 in Los Alcornocales that when the summer ends they fight in a fight without quarter to cover the females.
Male displays of power include bellowing and ritual fights, in which they use their antlers as a weapon. The preferred territories are those in which the females must drink or feed. The winning males gather harems of up to 50 females. The antlers, the main weapon of the male, fall in March and grow back, a process that is repeated annually and is identified with a stimulus for reproduction.
Images provided by the specialist photographer, Antonio Gonzalez.
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