Monday, April 27, 2009

Sharing The Same Space:Whitetail Deer-The Antlers Develop

While I have mostly concentrated on the turkeys lately, there is much else taking place in the outdoors. Turkeys and deer co-exist well as the photo below illustrates.

Sharing The Same Space

The whitetail bucks are now showing some progress in the development of antlers. The button bucks (last years' male fawns) still show little to no signs of antler growth, but the bucks that will be two years or more old in late May and early June have visible, velvet-covered knobs.

Antler Growth Begins

The last few days have been unseasonably hot and even the birds are panting as this sparrow illustrates. Of course from the photograph one cannot tell exactly what the bird is doing, but it was a panting type motion, with the chest heaving in and out, but with no song, etc. to accompany the motion.

Whitethroated Sparrow

Watch for future posts about whitetail antler development.

10 comments:

Philip said...

Willard That is a fantastic deer shot and those sparrows for me are so difficult to shoot to quick for me :)

Sara G said...

Beautiful photo's, Willard!!
Love your site!!

Leedra said...

Great photo of the deer and turkey together.

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SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I do love the one of the turkey and deer together WIllard. A lovely shot.

T and S said...

Beautiful series especially the first one sharing the same space and the image of the sparrow is with beautiful details.

itsmynature said...

Cool series, Willard. I particularly like the white-tail in the brush. Very natural!

Shellmo said...

It's fascinating and beautiful to see the turkey and deer sharing the view together! Beautiful~!

The Birdlady said...

Awwww....What a wonderful photo of your own "Peaceable Kingdom." !

fishing guy said...

Willard: Three beautiful captures in the wild.

Ken Conger Photography said...

Nice series. Not everyone can capture a turkey and deer in the same image. Blue Skies.