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May

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It's May and the weather can get hot and sunny. On the warmer days, stags may shelter from the heat and casual observation or disturbance by hunkering down behind features such as dry stone walls.



These antlers are well on the way to an impressive set. It takes a lot of energy and therefore food to re-grow antlers every year, so the stags must spend a lot of time grazing and then digesting their food. They may appear lazy, but in all likelihood these stags will be ruminating, digesting a full stomach of grass or other grazed or browsed plant material.



Here is a stag who has only recently shed his antlers, and has only the pedicles and the very beginnings of antler growth to display. Growing antlers is a time and energy consuming task, and begins again each year as soon as the previous years antlers are shed.



What does a stag do when feeling argumentative, if he has no antlers for the moment? Two stags here seem to be squaring up, but with only pedicles and the smallest bud of an…

April

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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…

March

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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…