Red deer are the largest of the four species of wild deer found in Scotland and are a common sight in the Highlands. Along with roe deer, red deer colonised Scotland after the end of the last ice age around 10,000 years ago. There are currently an estimated 350,000 red deer and the number is increasing. Controlled stalking and shooting occurs in autumn and this generates 105 million pounds per annum and creates hundreds of jobs in rural communities.
This female red deer was photographed at the entrance to Glencoe, beside the river Etive. Each winter a doe's coat turns grey and they come down from the mountain tops to find shelter.