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Rock on: Woodland animals drawn to mossy boulder

Deer Image copyright SNH
Image caption A deer at a boulder at Muir of Dinnet which is popular with all sorts of woodland creatures

A remote camera trap in an Aberdeenshire nature reserve has recorded what looks like an animals' game of I'm The King of the Castle on a moss-covered rock.

Wild birds, deer and a rabbit have been photographed standing atop a boulder in woodland at Muir of Dinnet.

Blackbird Image copyright SNH
Image caption A blackbird
Mistle thrush Image copyright SNH
Image caption A mistle thrush

The images were taken over the course of a few days earlier this month.

The national nature reserve near Aboyne protects a landscape shaped by retreating glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age around 15,000 years ago.

It is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Woodcock Image copyright SNH
Image caption A woodcock
Rabbit Image copyright SNH
Image caption A rabbit
Deer looking over a rock Image copyright SNH
Image caption A roe deer lays claim to the boulder after dark

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