October 22nd

Beautiful red sky at dusk, something I associate more with the west coast than the mountainous interior of Scotland. Very atmospheric though, with over 40 ravens kronking away as they came in to roost above Kindrogan crag. These will all be young birds, and their numbers will swell over winter.

The red deer rut seems to be fading now, although stags are still roaring away up in Glen Fearnach. The fallow stags have started today, with one individual holding forth on Kindrogan Hill all day. It is a very different noise than the reds, more of a snort than a roar. As I was photographing the sunset, a lone fallow stag came limping across the misty field in front of me. He looked exhausted, even defeated. Perhaps he had taken on and lost out to the dominant stag we’d been hearing all day, and was now finding himself a quiet spot to recover.

I wish I’d had a bigger lens on my camera!

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