Just browsing…..the dry Oak leaves and the fallen Acorns make a nice snack for this Red Deer Stag.
I mentioned earlier that the Red Deer Rut had yet to start in our corner of the country. Anxious not to miss out I headed back to the Deer woods to see if the situation had changed. After a little stalking I cam across lots of Fallow Deer but none of the Reds. Then out of the woods came this lone Stag…not a care in the world and as far as he was concerned I was not considered a threat. So I just stood still and let him get on with grazing.
As for the Rut, well it doesn’t seem imminent. Nor does this Red seem to pose any threat to the smaller Fallow Deer all content to share the same table with each other. You can also see, in some of the images below, the Red Stag rubbing his antlers along the branches of the tree as he scent marks his territory.
P.S. As everything was so calm I was beginning to wonder if I had missed the Rut. It would seem not – I met a couple of other Photographers also checking out the scene. Our conclusion was that we may need to scatter some Viagra amongst the Acorns! and wait a little longer.
(C) David Oakes 2015