Monday, August 15, 2011

Whitetails, Just being Whitetails

A doe nuzzles her little family in the cool of the morning.

The morning was nearly cloudless promising strong harsh light once the sun had crested the horizon but before sunrise the soft diffused light was simply perfect to photograph this tender moment of whitetail interaction.

Also shot before sunrise, the fawn curiously and hesitantly approaches the big buck.  Soon it was bounding off returning to its mother's protection but not before it had a sniff of the bucks impressive antlers.

A doe and her twins take time out for a short nursing session.  Still photography cannot capture the frantic suckling of the rapidly growing fawns.

Nursing sessions are short, seldom lasting more than a minute or two, and usually end with the mother walking away.  This hungry fawn is trying to get the last drop as mom abruptly ends the nursing.

With my background rooted in consumptive hunting I am drawn to pursuing bucks and particularly adult bucks carrying impressive headgear.  However as time goes by I find myself looking more and more for opportunities to capture whitetail interaction.  Fawns with their attractive spotted coats and a heaping helping of curiosity are great subjects as they interact with other deer and explore their environment.



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9 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

they're beautiful. but i'd be shaking off that fawn too if i was that doe... :)

Montanagirl said...

Very beautiful shots of some nice Whitetails. The fawns are so curious, and so pretty.

Lois Evensen said...

So very sweet and gentle. Wonderful images of family life.

Robin said...

Coy, what a wonderful sequence of shots! Great job!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

THese pictures are precious..

missing moments said...

I agree ... I love capturing the interaction of animals and how they relate to their environment!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful animals and your photos, too.

Regards!

Amish Stories said...

Love the pictures.....I was just passing through and popping on blogs that I've never been on before. So greetings folks from Lebanon county's Amish community. Richard

Elaine said...

I really like your captures of the interaction between the deer. The bucks with their impressive antlers are beautiful, but shots like these of the fawns are very compelling.