Late-rising Cervus nippon yesoensis

The sun had already been up for several hours, but the Cervus nippon yesoensis in the photo were still sleeping on the ground.
I didn’t notice them there and stumbled upon them. They detected my presence, though, and woke up immediately.
Did they notice me because they were just about to wake up? They seemed relieved for a moment, but then quickly sensed the situation and dashed off into the woods.
Lately, the mournful cry of the bucks can be heard echoing through the gorge, day and night. You can learn more about this cry in Visitor Center Report No. 58. Please take a look. (To be uploaded later this month.)
Photo: Cervus nippon yesoensis Nov. 6