Red Deer Stag
This is an image from last autumn. Like many of nature’s cyclical patterns the Annual Deer Rut in our part of the UK did not follow the traditional time table…..we watched and watched, careful not to miss the occasion. As the season got later and later,and on hearing reports of rutting in Scotland and the South we began to think that we had blinked and missed it.
This shot was taken when the Red Stags were rubbing their antlers along branches to scent mark their territories.
As yet we haven’t seen this activity this season…..but just in case we have an early rut for a change we will keep a watchful eye open. Could be interesting.
(C) David Oakes 2016