Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Chase is On

Spending yesterday afternoon in the woodlands I noticed a number of whitetail scrapes; unmistakable signs that the whitetail pre-rut is beginning.  This was confirmed later when this buck showed up chasing the does about the meadow.

The rutting activity continued this morning as this doe trotted past my position with a following buck some distance in the rear.

As the doe made a break for it the buck sped to intercept.

She easily out distanced him as he fruitlessly pursued her.

This race is one that cannot be won now but a couple of weeks from now the does will be more willing to submit to the reproductive urges.

I recently acquired a gimbal tripod head and am finding it very useful for action shooting.  The gimbal design makes for very easy yet stable camera movement while following fast paced action.

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eileeninmd said...

Awesome action shots of the doe and buck.

Montanagirl said...

Nice series! Those poor bucks run themselves to death don't they?

Brad Myers said...

Great times Coy, I will be looking forward to seeing the new head and you very soon. I am guessing Willard mentioned my dates to you and he said I should see you a day also. I think Bob S. will even be showing up a day or two but after you guys leave.

It looks like you had a pretty heavy frost when you took these shots.

See you soon, Brad

Misty DawnS said...

Outstanding action captures, Coy! What an experience this must be to witness and photograph this!