New Forest Wildlife Photography

Red Stag close up

This is another typically regal pose from a New Forest monarch Red Stag. This side-on view shows the size and bulk of a large male in peak condition at the beginning of the rutting season.

It’s very important to give stags absolute respect at this time of year, never get too close or position yourself between them and their females, these normally shy animals are an entirely different proposition when the testosterone starts flowing!