The first nice buck Willard and I was able to photograph during our recent SNP visit was busy browsing. His concentration on feeding was soon to be broken, but not by us.
Soon a doe moved in demanding his attention. This doe's summer coat is shedding revealing the growing winter hair.
From the other side a small buck joined in, nuzzling the buck to draw his attention away from the doe.
I'm sure he didn't mean anything by his expression but with his eye squinted and tongue extended, his pose made a cute shot!
During this encounter banks of fog periodically rolled across the meadow. The fog banks are responsible for the softness of the last three images. All images were made with a Canon 60D, 600mm f4 & tripod.
I'm looking forward to photograph the SNP whitetail rut again this autumn but before then I hope to be able to make a few more trips to capture more late summer whitetail activity.