Mid day on the hillside and nothing is moving apart from a buzzard lazily riding the thermals.
When all of a sudden the watchers attention is drawn upwards by the cronk cronking of a pair of Ravens as they wheel and dive repeatedly above an area festooned with red granite rocks which have spewed from the bowels of the hill in its ancient volcanic past.
Glassing the area for several minutes the watcher is almost convinced the Ravens were telling lies,
when he spots movement, the flick of an ear, there they are half a dozen stags lying on a sunny slope placidly chewing the cud.
Though they are not exactly the same colour as the rocks , it's near enough to provide an almost perfect camouflage, and its unlikely he would have spotted them if their position had not been betrayed by the Ravens, a fact the stags seem to be totally oblivious of.
As a young man the watcher believed this to be nothing more than an old wives tale,but experience has convinced him otherwise.
Ravens will alert a stalker to the presence of deer in the hope of being rewarded with the gralloch.
This phenomenon has been reported by hunters in other parts of the world where Ravens are present and is not unique to the Highlands.
The crow family are the most intelligent of all the bird species, and Ravens the most intelligent of the crows.
Some scientists claim them to be as intelligent as a five year old child, others that they are on a par with Whales and Dolphins.
Whatever the truth may be, today they will go hungry as there seems to be a flaw in this pairs knowledge,its a full week until the start of the stag season,and no deer will be shot today.