|Spike Buck-One Antler Shed: Canon 5D MK III 500mm F4 -1/400 sec. f4.5-ISO 1000|
|Raw Pedicle: Canon 5D MK III 500mm F4 -1/2000 sec. f4.5-ISO 400|
I used to visit Shenandoah National Park to photograph whitetail bucks during the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend, and one always saw several mature bucks still carrying antlers, but Larry W. Brown reports in a post on Flickr, Full Circle-Part 1 , that this is the second year in a row that the bucks have shed early. I am not sure why the time frame on shedding has shifted. One could suspect that it was a side effect of the tranquilizer from the collaring program, but that would not explain that they also shed early in 2011.
Also be sure to read Larry's post Full Circle-Part 2 for more about the research program and a look at how visitor numbers plummeted in November 2012.
Originally published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.