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White-tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus

Description:

My main squeeze, a White-tailed Buck in his prime dubbed Leroy a.k.a. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, the alpha buck of this particular deer herd

Habitat:

Fields of native prairie grasses near woodlands and farm lands

Notes:

White-tailed buck (male deer) in his prime who I met from afar last winter in November. He's been the Alpha buck (if you will) of this herd for at least two years now and keeps very busy during the rut. Unlike Daddy and Gramps, Leroy has a much taller, leaner body frame and taller rack or antlers. All three (named above) are adult males in their prime with gentle, easy going dispositions. Warnings are usually a simple grunt, lowering of the head or pinning back of the ears without any actual antler jabs or kicks from these three. All three have also been approached by various fawns born earlier this spring in greeting and all three have given them the sniff or Eskimo kiss greeting in return. To say I love and admire these deer would be a gross understatement.

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14 Comments

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

DianePlatcoBrooks-Thank you so much! I only wish I'd done him better justice. New (refurbished) camera and in-camera editing software are giving me conniptions. "-)

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 6 years ago

Handsome boy. Nice series !

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

SatyenM-Thank you!!

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

YukoChartraw-Thank you! :-)

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

EmilyMarino-Yes. Your Elk images make me drool. I'd so love to be able to observe their behavior and compare it to what I've seen in our White-tailed Deer. I'd also love to photograph and observe Red Deer, Caribou and Moose as well some day...God and body willing. "-) We live on such an amazing and diverse planet, I'd need ten lifetimes to personally observe them all. Thank God for sites like this, where we can start building the dream's foundation :-)

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Great series!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 6 years ago

Beautiful capture!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Janelle, I think your pictures are brilliant, but I know how frustrating it can be when you get photos on to your computer and they are not what you expected or hoped for! ...and you sound just like me, regarding following herds. Getting close...but not "dangerously" close...if you know what I mean! I always try and respect their space, but I cherish the precious moments when a herd feels comfortable enough to move toward me/ around me and eat within feet of me! <3

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

Cammie-No not a phone but a new (refurbished) Nikon D5100 DSLR camera. I love the images I used to get with my D40X but I had a dead sensor cell so had to replace it. More bells and whistles in the D5100 than the D40X had but Nikon must have changed a few minor details in the in-camera editing software as the colors aren't as true or vibrant as I used to get editing in-camera on my D40X. Sorry for the confusion. How close? I've followed these herds for the past three, going on four winters now so I can get very close but try to keep some distance during and around the rut especially for their safety as well as my own.

Cammie C. Myers
Cammie C. Myers 6 years ago

You took these with your phone!? How close were you?

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

Shayera-Thank you!

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 6 years ago

EmilyMarino-Thank you! Still struggling with the built-in editing software in my new (refurbished) camera. They looked a lot better in my camera's monitor than they do on my PC monitor. Sorry.

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 6 years ago

Beautiful series!

Clitherall, Minnesota, USA

Lat: 46.27, Long: -95.63

Spotted on Dec 4, 2012
Submitted on Dec 15, 2012

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