Moorland Stag. Red deer stag in moorland habitat standing next to a lone birch tree under a moody sky. Over the years I have built up a huge catalogue of portraits of the huge stags that roam the moors, more recently though I have started photographing more small in the frame and abstract images during the rut. Derbyshire, Peak District National Park.
Moorland Stag – More About Red Deer:
Red deer are the largest of our native mammals having migrated to Britain from Europe over 11,000 years ago.
Due to vast scale deforestation and overhunting the red deer population was once confined to the Scottish Highlands and ‘the Deer Parks’ of England. In recent times the population has recovered considerably and without any natural predators to keep the population down, they have become so abundant they are considered pests in some regions.
October ’til early November is the best time of year to watch our British deer as they participate in the rut, with the stags engaging in fierce and often fatal battles to exert their right to mate with the hinds.
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