Buck From a Doe

It is very difficult to tell a buck from a doe this time of year.  The bucks have lost their antlers and they won’t start to grow for another month or so.


The buck is on the left.  His size is about the only way to tell him from the does.  I can’t tell yet which of the females pictured are pregnant.


I have always been amazed by the curiosity of this particular herd.  About twenty deer live in Lake Kegonsa State Park, and over the last five years I’ve gone there to photograph these deer.  When they gather around to look at me looking at them, I wonder how they manage to control their fear and not run away.  They’ve been taught their whole lives to fear humans, yet this group will actually approach me.  I’ve never fed them or watered them.  I’ve only taken pictures.


For all I know, when the big fellow steps away from the ladies like this, it might be some kind of challenge.  He has a slight scar on his nose, he got four years ago, which is barely noticeable anymore.  This was the last good shot I got that day.  It would have been nice to have the 300mm f4 lens, but I had the 100x400mm f4.5-5.6 lens.  I like the versatility of the 100×400, but at 400mm the lens can only drop down to f5.6, so when the light fades I quickly go from photographer to spectator.  The deer approached to within thirty feet of me before they got spooked and ran away.  Even then they only ran thirty or forty yards.


2 Responses to “Buck From a Doe”

  1. 1 kasmango
    March 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    what great models! and beautiful animals 🙂

  2. 2 Randy Roberts
    March 31, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    and they work for free.

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