October Red Deer Rut

Red deer stag approaching young buck

This year’s red deer rut photography was limited to a jeep safari at RSPB Minsmere and we kept our distance, but a few contextual black and white shots came out quite nicely. The first two tell the story of the less dominant stags and young bucks, who tend to avoid risking conflict during the rutting season. The third image is of the dominant stag interacting with a romantically minded hind in his harem.

Red deer stag approaching young buck
Red deer stag approaching young buck
Bellowing red deer stag and hind in the rut
Bellowing red deer stag and hind
Nervous young red deer bucks
Nervous young red deer bucks
Amorous red deer stag courting hind
Romantic red deer stag courting a hind