This past weekend I drove to central Kansas in hopes of photographing some rare and endangered Whooping Cranes that are migrating to their wintering grounds at Aransas NWR in southern Texas. Unfortunately, as we reached our destination, the area was under a severe storm. Winds of up to 90 mph were recorded, along with a deluge of 2″ of rain (in a very short time) and hail up to 2″ in diameter. Seemed the Whoopers were frightened off … imagine that!
But, just as every cloud has a silver lining, every trip to a National Wildlife Refuge has a good side, too. During my brief stay, I was able to photograph some really nice White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) bucks as they wandered the refuge and wooed the does. Here are a few of my favorite images of some of the bucks we encountered:
I was even able to get close and personal to an even larger buck! I’ll share that story in a few days :o)
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