Summer Meadows…and Deer

Wildlife watching is a global sport and ecotourism a major industry. At the local level, in a region where agriculture, deer and an extensive network of trails and secondary roads dominate the landscape,  deer watching is as much a part of summer as strawberries and sweet corn.

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Buck  on the move, swamp to hay field, just before dark; 16July2016

A friend has been seeing does, fawns and bucks on his dairy farm and suggested I set up for photographs. I obliged, telling him it would be a difficult chore, but somebody had to do it. Actually, I was thrilled! It was my first opportunity to  see and photograph triplets, perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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Triplet number one

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Triplets two and three; mother has my scent and is nervous

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Family portrait, just before mom ran off into the swamp, kids in tow

This doe and fawn appeared an hour later. Highway mortality, long winters and coyote predation take their toll on fawns. One or two fawns per mature doe is the norm, although sightings of mature does with no fawns at all are not unusual.

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“We do not remember days, we remember moments” – Cesare Pavese

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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7 thoughts on “Summer Meadows…and Deer

  1. This rare sighting is certainly something to celebrate. I’m so glad you caught these and were able to share them. I had quite a scare driving north the other day when an Elk jumped across the road probably less than a dozen feet in front of my bumper. I never realized how truly BIG them things are, or perhaps it was the adrenalin pumping through me that made it appear larger than a good sized horse. No time to even think of grabbing the camera.

    • Thanks Gunta. Your elk scare was legit! After all, they’re the second largest member of the deer family (moose are #1). Colliding with 500 – 800 pounds of bone and muscle would not be good – for either party!

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