For the whitetail enthusiast there is no time of the year that can compare to the mating season. For most of the year whitetails are shy and retiring animals but with the onset of the rut they suddenly become much more visible as the bucks roam widely in search of receptive does in estrus.
While not nearly as vocal as their cousins, the elk, whitetails vocalize during the rut. The buck, pictured here pursuing a doe, was grunting as the photograph was taken.
My biggest surprise of the weekend came when I photographed this male wild turkey gobbling! Most gobbling is done during the late winter and spring months in conjunction with the wild turkey's mating season. Perhaps this tom was a little jealous of the whitetails having all of the fun!
Of course when one is spending a great deal of time out of doors there is more to photograph than deer. This white-throated sparrow posed nicely in the weather branches of a poke weed.
And a fox squirrel, busy fattening up for winter, pauses just long enough for a portrait.