Sika Stag at Arne
Sika Stag at the RSPB’s nature reserve on the Arne peninsula in Dorset.

Sika Stag and young
Stag and one of this year’s fawns.

Despite arriving at one of the rutting sites before dawn this year the rutting season appeared to be starting later than usual.

What an amazingly beautiful place to spend the first couple of hours of daylight and not another soul in sight.

Sika hind and young
Although wary the Sika at Arne are tolerant of people. The whistling noises the hinds make add to the drama of daybreak over the heathland.

Sika hind
Sika hind in its pale, spotted summer coat.
 Sika Stag
Sika Stag

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