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Spotting White-tailed Deer

Finding the deer has gotten harder because of the foliage.  The ground foliage which springs up first offers them a lot of cover, but without the upper canopy provided by the larger trees the sunlight breaks through and reveals their positions. 

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Most people would walk passed without even noticing the two deer in the above photo.  I noticed them because the sunlight reflects off them differently than the trees.  In a few weeks when the larger trees have leaves these deer will be harder to spot because they’ll be in shadows as opposed to sunlit.

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Here’s a second shot from the same angle.  The deer took to the quiet of the campground over the weekend.  Camping doesn’t open in this park until after May 1st.  The roads into the campground are closed so this part of the park gives them sanctuary from the joggers and hikers and keeps them away from the cars.

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Sometimes spotting the deer involves taking a few steps which changes your viewing angle.  How many deer can you see in this photo?  One?  Two?  or More?

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I had on really soft shoes, which meant I could move fairly quietly.  I don’t think they even realized I was there.  I initially spotted one deer.  Took a few steps forward, which changed my viewing angle and noticed more than one deer.

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A couple more steps forward reveals four deer feeding.  They have yet to notice me.  These four deer continued feeding while I went further up the hill to take pictures of four other deer, which included Blondee from yesterday’s post.

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