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These stunning images show deer at dawn practising for the rutting season which is just around the corner.<br />
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Ian Schofield, 37, watched as two stags came together briefly before stopping and restarting again.  There was none of the dramatic battles that are soon to start, but as the sun rose up over Richmond Park, London, it made for some atmospheric photos.<br />
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With Autumn underway and winter around the corner the stags will start to battle to be the strongest to find a female for mating.<br />
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