Sorting through some images I took last December during a visit to Richmond Park I finally located some of the older RED DEER stags. As I mentioned in my previous posts (Watching Red Deer #1) and (Watching Red Deer #2) it is difficult to age deer but the total number of points and the growth of brow tines is an easy way to identify the more senior stags.
The guy above has 16 points and is probably one of, if not, the most senior fellow in the park herd.
At first glance this chap appeard to have only 13 points but if you take a closer look you can see that he has lost one of the tines from his upper left hand branch probably as a result of a fight or sparring match.
Hey..... I think that's close enough!
Just one more portrait, then I'll back off...thanks. FAB.