On his way to the top of the hill, this Sika stag stopped just to try and catch some scent, I have a feelling that it might have been me that disturbed him, but knowing that the late rut is underway, it could also have been some does in the vicinity.
Deer like to go and rest at the top of hillsides, gaining the chance of being able to detect dangers down below them.When stalking them, you have to go even higher than the resting deer and work your way down to them as they rarely look up behind them.Using this method I have sometimes approached wild deer on the open hill to within 50 yards.Of course the wind has to be towards you in order to carry your scent away from the deer and not towards the deer!!
On this particular shot I was almost at the foot of the hillside and I think that the scent was swirling around as it sometimes does,I always make a point of backing off before being seen, so that the deer will not be stressed.
This shot was taken at Marseillisborg forest in Denmark with a Nikon D700 and 510 mm lens