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The rutting red Deer is one of the highlights of the highland year , between October and November the head-dress made of grass and moss is a common sight among the stags trying to make themselves look bigger. They bellow and roar to warn off other stags and to impress the females .Stags often appear black after smearing themselves with peat from boggy pools ,glands secrete a dark fluid to broadcast information about age and sex .By the end of the rut the males may shed up to twenty percent of there body weight . The shot was taken on a 300 mm lens ,with a canon 1DS ll. rut 1

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The Red Deer Stags are making the most of the sunshine eating as much as possible and resting in preparation for the rutting season.d1

The highland lochs are hosting large numbers of geese ,some stay all year others head south for the winterardessie falls_15

The new gallery poster is now ready wildlife photography and drawings on show .

The rabbits are having a good year ,lots of grass due to wet warm weather . The buzzards are also doing well taking all the unwary young . rabbit

a1 (2).jpgAt this time of year Badgers in the highlands of Scotland are hunting early and it is possible to photograph them while it is still light. There sense of smell is very good so stay down wind of them and try to make as little noise as possible.This Badger is part of a large group living in sand dunes on the coast.

deer bloThe harsh winter can be hard on the wildlife in the snow-covered hills of the highlands , many of the weak or sick red deer will die if the snow cover lasts to long. While bad news for the deer this can create rich pickings for the local predators such as Sea Eagles ,Golden Eagles ,Foxes and even Badgers.In cold weather more deer come down from the hills and come into contact with traffic on the roads, this can make driving at night around here quite exciting.

As the days grow longer in the Scotish highlands the low sun creates dramatic landscapes, on bolder beach the light skims the textured rock surfaces showing up every detail of amazing location.rock blo

Scoraig otter in seaweed

The new otter cubs are spending more time in the water,larger prey caught by the mother is taken to the shore for the young to tear apart . If the mother keeps a fish for herself she is harass by the cubs until she gives it up or until she can find a quiet place away from her young where she can eat in peace.

Winter Robin

Robins are extremely territorial birds ,they defend there patch of garden against any bird big or small that is seen as a threat . This one seemed to be seeing if an old pot in the bushes would make a good nest site for later in the season. Shot with a 600mm canon lens with extension tube.