This happened much quicker than I can write it, but I put the tripod into shooting position while looking at the deer. She was in a brushy area, which made it hard to be sure exactly what I was seeing, but she tried to get up at least twice before succeeding and I am almost certain that I saw a fawn fall out of her. Whatever the case--once she left there was no doubt that I could see a fawn still wet from the birthing fluids and it was so unsteady that it staggered about as it tried to keep its' footing. I took quite a bit of Video, utilizing the 3x crop factor ,which is available in video mode and then I slowly worked closer. I found the fawn resting in the understory. I did not approach it close enough to frighten it, but I was close enough to use the 24-105 so I mounted it on the T3i. To my surprise, as I was doing this, the fawn got up and walked to me with shaky steps. I was not able to get sharp still photos of this, as the shutter speed was too low to stop the motion, but I mostly took video and it turned out well. The fawn walked about mewing and at one point actually nuzzled my pants legs before it walked off a short distance and laid down again.
|Newborn Fawn: Canon T3i--24-105mmLat 65mm ISO 320|
At any rate, the fawn was still there, but not in quite the same position and I took a few shots before retreating.
|Newborn Fawn: Canon 5DMKIII-Canon 70-20mm F2.8 at 73mm ISO 200|
|Newborn Fawn: Canon 5DMKIII-Canon 70-20mm F2.8 at 200mm ISO 200|
Originally posted at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.