TQ1972 : A stag at rutting time

taken 3 years ago, near to Ham, Richmond Upon Thames, Great Britain

A stag at rutting time
A stag at rutting time
As I walked down the slope from White Ash Pond this stag was trotting here and there, marshalling his harem of hinds, often bellowing. At a range of about 100 yards he spotted me, and turned to face me, roaring again. As the aggression was directed quite specifically at me I went no further - in fact I retreated a short distance, putting a fallen tree between me and the stag. At that point he turned away, busy with the hinds and their calves.

Notice that the stag has fronds of bracken dangling from his antlers. On occasion stags can be seen with quite sizeable branches caught up in their antlers - complete with leaves.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 24 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 30 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Grassland  Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1926 7240 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.2831N 0:17.1348W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1919 7246
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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