Friday, December 24, 2010

Whitetail Deer-A Favorite Animal

While I am continually writing about elk and they are one of my favorite animals, I have spent more time around whitetail deer than any other wild animal.  I never tire of seeing them or photographing them, and while I am fascinated by the large bucks, I enjoy photographing all of these graceful animals regardless as to sex or size. For today I am posting three of my favorite antlerless deer photographs from this autumn.  All were taken with the Canon 7D and the 500mmF4 lens.

The first is a three year old doe, which is in her prime.  An animal such as this will ordinarily have at least one fawn each spring and, frequently have twins.  On rare occasion they may have triplets.

Mature Whitetail Doe

The next photographs are of this year's fawns, and both were taken in November when they were about five months old.  Fawns have spotted coats at birth, but they begin to fade in late August and September, until most have a completely brown or gray winter coat by late September or early October.

Five Month Old Doe
Another Five Month Old Doe
If the young does survive hunting seasons and the rigors of winter, they may have fawns next spring.  Under ideal conditions they may have twins, but in our area of Pennsylvania, most does do not have fawns until two years of age and then they usually only have one. From three years of age on, it is common for them to have twins.

 I wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill

9 comments:

Tim Rucci said...

What Lovely, clean shots, Willard! Gotta love it!

Just stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year!

Ruth said...

Even without antlers,these are beautiful pictures.The quality is very evident.
Wishing you and yours Wonderful Christmas.
Blessings,Ruth

imac said...

What beautiful photos Willard.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, my friend.

~mel said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

Feral Female said...

Beautiful shots Willard.

Merry Christmas!!

carl in ga said...

Willard - is this one of Clarice's granddaughters? It looks just like her.

Willard said...

Carl,
The bottom deer is her fawn from this spring. She only had one this year.

S & E said...

Beautiful pictures!!! You've got some talent.

Kritter Keeper said...

willard, i missed this post since i had family in for a week during christmas. love your shots as always! glad you posted on deer this time as you know how much i love mine...hope you had a wonderful christmas and happy new year!