The rut of the Black-tailed Deer is occurring now.

Every October big Bucks wander onto the Mendonoma Coast looking for Does. Sometimes Bucks will fight each other with their antlers over the females. The healthiest, strongest male prevails, thus ensuring his genes will be perpetuated. Robert Scarola watched a beautiful Buck herding his Does all day.

Looking for his Does by Robert Scarola

After tending to his harem, he was one tired Buck.

He's been chasing Does all day by Robert Scarola

It's not often you see a Buck take a rest break right in front of you, but that's what happened to Robert.

Thanks to Robert for allowing me to share his photos with you here.