He is one of the mightiest of creatures - and apparently also one of the most regal. Other deers quickly scattered when the self-proclaimed King of Richmond Park emerged with a crown of leaves he had created from the bracken. Photographer Mark Smith watched as the deer raked the ground in Surrey's 2,400-acre Royal Park with his antlers - a typical show of strength.
Rutting season is underway and the males are jealously guarding their territory in the hope of attracting a mate. The stag slowly built up his headdress until it was covering his entire head.