|Shenandoah 9 Point|
Bucks appear with increasing frequency as October drifts into early November. I have noticed that in Pennsylvania, many are animals that have spent the summer elsewhere, and they appear to check on the local doe herd once the rut begins. A few remain for the duration of the rut, but most only appear for a day or so and then move on.
|Whitetail Buck Checks Herd For Doe In Estrus|
|Mature Doe: The Object Of The Buck's Attention|
|Mature Shenandoah Buck Chasing Doe|
The Canon 100-400mm L IS lens is now my favorite DSLR video lens for wildlife at mid to moderately long ranges when light conditions permit its' use, and the 70-200mm F 2.8 is the lens of choice in early morning and late evening. For stills the 300mm F2.8 is now my favorite, with the 70-200mm F 2.8 being a close second. I can nail spot-on focus much better with either of these lenses than with the 500mm F4. The 100-400mm focuses extremely well, but I like the larger apertures of the other lenses and the resulting better control of depth of field and ability to shoot in lower light. The 500mm F4 is going back to Canon after the fall photography is over to have the focusing system checked out. I hope this solves the problem, but I am not overly optimistic.
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard HIll.