Steve Howe (July)
Although adapted to a woodland environment Red Deer are the dominant wild mammal of the Scottish Highlands - encouraged as a 'target' species for game shooting.In Scotland this takes place on foot unlike, for example, New Zealand where they are sometimes hunted fromn helicopter!
A stag typically weighs between 90 - 190kgs and stands 100-137cms high at the shoulder. Females ('hinds') are somewhat smaller.
This herd was spotted in a high corrie near Ben Alder,Scotland on a lingering patch of snow in late June.They may have spent the night there to keep cool. In Arctic regions caribou/reindeer sometimes hang out on snowpatches to escape the attentions of mosquitoes. As bad as the scottish midge can be, think this wasn't similar behaviour on the part of this herd of 50 or so animals - the midges weren't particularly bad yet.