A Foraging Buck

A favorite deer-watching site is the edge of a woodland thicket near the junction of cultivated fields of corn, oats and hay. On a good evening, my first sighting and rush of adrenaline is velvet-covered branches moving through the oats. When it happens before sunset, the contrast is startling and the scene surreal.  When the animal is a large, mature buck, I’m a very happy photographer!

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Photos by NB Hunter (August 4, 2018). © All rights reserved.

12 thoughts on “A Foraging Buck

    • Thanks Hien. I’m really enjoying these summer evenings, perched on a collapsible stool, camera and tripod set for action, semi-concealed in a thicket of burdock and weeds. Sometimes I get lucky, sometimes I don’t, but I never regret the effort.

  1. Exciting stuff! Can’t but help thinking of an analogy to the sea as velvet horns/ fins appearing above silky cereal waves…. terrific to think there could be other creatures snuffling around in those fields?

    • Love your comment. Honestly, I often find myself thinking about other critters and hoping one will wander through a field within range – coyote, fox, raccoon? A side story to this particular shoot was the presence of a groundhog (woodchuck) about 10 meters behind me. It wanted to journey out into the alfalfa field to feed, but knew I was there and would not risk going past me. Instead, it whistled loudly (an alarm whistle), about every 5-10 minutes for an hour. The initial whistle blast just about knocked me off my stool and the whistles also drew attention from the buck.

  2. You know I’m in love with these images, Nick. I have such a love of the deer. I find bucks in velvet quite handsome… it’s a softer stage of the season. Soon, they’ll be sporting the hard antlers, and testosterone will kick in for a more mighty and aggressive time of the year. How fortunate you are to have such a place to engage with nature. I have the place, but not the time. It will happen someday… I feel it!

    • Things are changing rapidly now. The velvet stage is coming to an end and testosterone levels are on the rise. I understand the place x time conflict and confess that retirement, as well as the new network of friends that follows, has been critical to my pursuit of nature photography. So many images are simply the result of just being out there. You’re in a rich environment and will reap more of what it has to offer sooner than you think!

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