The last time I photographed Red Deer was back in October 2010 so a long overdue visit was on the cards to get out with my camera and photograph these beautiful animals again.
Below are a collection of shots taken over two outings last month, one during the middle and the other at the end of October. I’ll start off this post with my first outing mid October, I arrived just after sunrise and scanned the area for Deer, after walking for about 15 mins I came across this dominant male, this Stag had about 25-30 female hinds gathered in its Harem, keeping a good distance away I watched as he patrolled the area for any opposing Stags.
Rutting stags will roar at each other making a deep bellowing sound, two rival stags will often walk slowly beside each other a little apart assessing each other’s strength with the weaker of the two either walking away of being chased away by the more dominant Stag, but if they seem to be evenly matched then they will begin to fight.
After this Stag had finished bellowing loudly he started to get very excited as a female hind approached.
The male Stags are fighting to protect their Harem of female Hinds from the many advances of the other male Stags, Its ultimate goal is to procreate with as many females as possible and thus extend its gene pool, this next collection of shots depicts the pure beauty of the female Red Deer.
Towards the early afternoon it was a treat to see a couple of young stags play fighting by clashing antlers, although it may be fairly friendly behavior now in a year or two this battle would be very fierce indeed as they would be fighting for mating rights, the victor will get populate its gene pool amongst the female Hinds and for the looser, well the looser could end up being fatally wounded.