Having just returned home from two days of intensive whitetail rut photography I have only had time to quickly review the images, deleting the worst misses, and beginning the back-ups. However during the review this image jumped out at me, begging to be processed.
The baleful eye, the bulging muscles, and the narrow shaft of sunlight illuminating just the bucks as they surge together; to my eye it is possibly of the most powerful whitetail image I have ever had the pleasure of capturing.
Actually these bucks were not fighting but rather were engaged in a friendly sparring match. However friendly sparring can become violent at times but the violent agression and the desire to do physical damage to the opponent is not present during a sparring match. These bucks would tussle for a few minutes, take a break, and then resume their game.