|Yearling Spike: Canon 5D MK III-Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS L II @ 135mm-ISO 400-1/400 sec. F 5.0|
The buck is a small spike that did not disperse from his family group this fall and I have seen him almost daily since he was a fawn. I saw him late in the afternoon of December 16th, as I was setting the cameras up and he still had both antlers. Imagine my surprise when I looked up and saw that one antler was missing. I tried to photograph him, but before I could get a shot he ran behind some other deer and when he was visible again, both antlers were gone. I did get some shots of the area where the antler attaches to the skull which is known as the pedicle. I wish I had a closer shot, but it was not possible. As it is the photo below is severely cropped.
|Pedicle: Canon 5D MK III-Canon 600mm F 4.0-ISO 200-1/2500 sec. F 4.5|
|Spike After Shedding: Canon 5D MK III-Canon600mm F 4.0-ISO 400-1/800 sec. F 5.0|
|Shed Antler: Panasonic GH3-Lumix 17-140mm@25mm-ISO 200-1/60 sec. F 7.1|
|Shed Antler: Panasonic GH3-Lumix 17-140mm@140mm-ISO 200-1/40 sec. F 9.0|
|Mature 8-Point Rack 2012-Found In Mid-April|
Originally Published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.