It was cold and clear atop the mountain with a brutal wind and with these conditions it seemed likely that the whitetail rut was booming. We saw a few medium-size bucks in the meadow and laid out a plan to photograph the most likely subjects. Surprisingly the bucks had little to no interest in the does and spent most of the time feeding, but we were lucky enough to capture some outstanding interaction between two of the bucks. I concentrated on taking video as usual and today the tool of choice was the Rebel T3i with the 70-200mm F 2.8 L. The best of the action was captured on video, but I did pause at one point and take a few still frames. For better photos of this encounter visit Coy at Country Captures.
|Whitetail Bucks Interact|
|Still Capture From T3i Video|
|Whitetail Buck Browses At Shenandoah National Park|
The bucks did not linger long in the meadow and by late morning we were headed back toward Thornton Gap and home. On the way we encountered the largest buck of the trip. We first saw him feeding by the roadside, but he soon crossed into the woods, which gave an excellent background The late morning light was harsh making for difficult photographic conditions.. This buck was interested in the does, and performed some classic rutting activity by lowering his head and chasing them and then pausing to perform the lip-curl.
|Whitetail Buck Performs Lip-Curl|
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.