The red deer rut takes place in the UK during October it is the time when these magnificent red deer stags compete to mate. There is much roaring and fighting a time of violence and competing – only the strongest stags get to mate. But ……..just occasionally you manage to see a moment of tenderness.

In this shot the hind reached forward to her lord and master and he tenderly kissed her. It was just a moment of tenderness and was all over in a few seconds before he was off in pursuit of another stag who was after one of his ladies.

Image taken at Bushy Park, London

Canon 7d & canon 100-400 L
F5.6, 1/250, ISO 320, AV, 400mm, Raw

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  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    Superb capture Val!

  • Thankyou very much

    – Val Saxby

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture Val- love it!

  • Thanks – much appreciated

    – Val Saxby

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent image Val!!

  • Thankyou very much

    – Val Saxby

  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdalmost 4 years ago

    A tender moment indeed, well captured.

  • Thanks Davo – much appreciated

    – Val Saxby

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Val!

  • Thankyou Very much

    – Val Saxby

  • Michael Haslam
    Michael Haslamalmost 4 years ago

    How romantic!

  • Thankyou Michael

    – Val Saxby

  • missterryw
    missterrywalmost 4 years ago

    what a wonderful capture. very very special.

  • Thankyou Very much

    – Val Saxby

  • imagetj
    imagetjalmost 4 years ago

    Wow great shot

  • Thanks Much appreciated

    – Val Saxby

  • Jessica Jenney
    Jessica Jenneyalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thanks Jessica.

    – Val Saxby

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work!!!! Congratulations!!!

  • Thanks for the feature Monica

    – Val Saxby

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