Curious Doe

Yesterday morning, I kayaked for only the second time in the last 12 months. The reason … our drought of 2012 left some of the area waterways bone-dry and we’re just now getting some reasonable amount of water back in them. Actually, we’re about 4″+ behind where we should be right now, but we have been getting some recent rains. So, I’m going to take advantage and kayak every chance I have, as I may again be kayakless in a few weeks.

While sitting in a cove area yesterday, photographing the occasional beaver that swam by, this White-tailed Deer doe (Odocoileus virginianus) walked out of the tall grass and stood in front of me, not more than ~40 feet, trying to figure out what I was doing:

White-tailed Deer doe

White-tailed Deer doe

White-tailed Deer doe

I could tell it was somewhat afraid, but it was equally curious. She even took a few steps towards me. At one point, I was beginning to think I’d be shooting upward if she kept coming! But she stopped after a few steps. She would keep a very close eye on me, but continued grazing on some of the grasses in the water. After about 10 minutes, without warning, she ran off, back into the tall grass. Kinda made me wonder if this could have been the fawn that I photographed here a couple of years ago, that seemed to not be too afraid of me.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6, IS lens, shot from 135mm to 400mm
  • Handheld from the kayak, with IS “On”
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/5 to f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/640 sec.



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