Friday, November 19, 2010

Rebuffed

With a look of anticipation

and a bounding run

A fawn approaches its mother hoping to nurse

But the does are weaning the fawns now and although some do allow occasional short nursing sessions

A rebuff as captured this morning is much more likely

The fawns although now half the weight of their mothers and have been eating solid food for months continue to try nursing.  In preparation for the stress of winter's cold, snow and lack of food the does need to gain as much body weight as possible before the onset.  Weaning the fawns is an important step in insuring the does survival.




9 comments:

Ruth said...

Such is life.It is special to be able to capture this.
Blessings,Ruth

Carol said...

What a great capture...I'd be so busy watching I'd forget to shoot. (picture)

Lois Evensen said...

How very sweet. Yes, young mammals will usually nurse as long as the mother will allow. It makes sense for the mother to maintain all those calories in her own system that are used for lactation.

Arija said...

Weaning is not an easy process either for mother or child, whether human or animal.

Superb captures.

Dominic Gendron said...

Great photo reportage, very nice intimate moment you captured!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome captures!

Montanagirl said...

Nice series, Coy! She's sure letting him know nursing is no longer an option.

Elaine said...

Fantastic series!

HANNIBAL said...

Love the expression on that first photo!