It's April, and the deer herd is grazing on the moorland grass, with some interesting clouds in the background. These look like lenticular clouds, more of this later. The herd now consists mainly of hinds and their younger offspring, with the stags and younger males mostly going their separate ways for a few months.

There are however some antlers still present at this time of the year, with the  young male in this photo showing a few tines. It is perhaps surprising to still see antlers with the herd at this time of the year - it won't be long until antlers are shed, when new ones begin growing immediately. The stags tend to leave the herd to form groups of males whilst their antlers regrow.

A hind and one of this years calves now well grown, are grazing together. It is difficult to tell if the mother is pregnant again, but she doesn't look overly rotund from this angle so perhaps not. The calf still has quite a fluffy winter coat, with the hind looking more well groomed i…


It is the beginning of March, and Spring is on the way. The lapwings provide moments of distraction for the deer on the grassy moorland as the male birds wheel around close to the ground in their eye catching display flights.

Not every deer is interested though, but the male lapwings are not bothered, hoping instead that female lapwings looking on are impressed. The deer may look briefly, wondering what is going on, or if there is a threat, but will soon return to grazing.

Travelling through the rich straw coloured moorland grass to find new grazing. The grass can grow surprisingly high, forming large clumps making the ground uneven underfoot. The deer will naturally follow each other across the landscape as they make their way through the grass and other flora, creating distinct paths.

A small group of deer stop to look for danger, with two hinds flanking a smaller calf, as if to protect it from any danger nearby. Hinds are very protective of their calves, at least for the first yea…


It is now February, and as you can see the snow has gone, and we are getting some nice sunny weather. It is feeling quite warm in the sun already, even through it is still winter. The heather and grass on the moorland sustains us throughout the year, and there is plenty to go round. There are no sheep up here, and no cattle as yet, although highland longhorn cattle have made some appearances in recent years, so what there is to eat is at present all ours!

Here a mother and calf are relaxing under a tree, basking in the February sunshine. It is quite warm for February at the moment. If you look closely, you might be able to see atmospheric disturbances in the background due to the heat rising off the ground as it is heated by the sun.

It is not always relaxing up on the moor though. In this sequence, a small group of hinds and this years calves are alert and looking for danger. With ears pricked, and some slightly back indicating concern, they are looking around the local environment …