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Wary White-tailed Deer buck

Despite the fact I was sitting in my big, bright blue truck out in the open, this guy seemed a bit surprised to have walked right up to me. He had his head down, alternately grazing and keeping an eye on a nearby female off to the side. When he finally looked forward, he spotted me and had a bit of a “where did you come from” look. 😉

White-tailed Deer are North America’s smallest deer. They are very fleet-footed capable of speeds up to 30mph and able to leap as high as 10 feet and as far as 30 feet in a single bound.

A White-tailed Deer buck keeps watch on the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer buck keeps watch on the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

Big brother?

This young White-tailed Deer buck was curious about the new, seasonal arrivals but he also tried to bully them a bit, kicking at them. Mom tolerated it for a while but then chased him off. Here, before he became aggressive, one of the fawns and the yearling enjoy a tender looking moment. I hope you all have a great weekend!

A White-tailed Deer fawn greets a young buck.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer fawn greets a young buck. (© Tony’s Takes)

Battling mulies

A pair of Mule Deer bucks fight for the affection of the nearby ladies. This was very early in the morning so the lighting was not good at all but it was fun to watch these two go at it for a bit. They were pretty evenly matched and there was no clear winner. In fact, after they were done, they both continued to hang out right near each other, largely ignoring one another.

Found across western North America, Mule Deer are named for their oversized ears. Image taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.

Mule Deer bucks battle on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer bucks battle on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer bucks battle on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer bucks battle on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer bucks battle on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer bucks battle on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer buck falling asleep on the job

It kind of looks like it, eh? In truth I just happened to click as he was blinking. The bucks are a bit rambunctious now with the rut going on although I haven’t yet gotten any good snaps of the battles.

Found across western North America, Mule Deer are named for their oversized ears. Image taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.

A Mule Deer buck seems a bit sleepy.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer buck seems a bit sleepy. (© Tony’s Takes)

Happy birthday to the Centennial State

It was on this date in 1876 that Colorado was admitted to the union as the 38th state. A lot certainly has changed in the 141 years since then but, despite all of the progress, much of the natural beauty for which the state is known for remains.

In 1893, Katharine Lee Bates visited the state and soon after penned “America the Beautiful”. It is well known that the amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties she wrote about were a direct reflection of her time here.

In fact, it is said that a visit to the summit of Pikes Peak was indeed her primary inspiration. From the lower elevations of the Great Plains that cover the eastern half of this state to the rugged mountains in the west, this truly is an amazing place and I am blessed to have been born here.

This image taken back in April seems to me to do a nice job capturing this state.

The great state of Colorado in one picture - from the Great Plains to the snow-covered Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

The great state of Colorado in one picture – from the Great Plains to the snow-covered Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Little deer, big ears

Oh my goodness! I could have bundled this little Mule Deer fawn up and taken it home it was so cute. That soft-looking fur, adorable look and those ears were just irresistible. It and its twin were out for an early morning walk with their mom at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge last week. Mom largely ignored me but the two little ones couldn’t help but be curious and that allowed me to snag some nice pics of the two of them.

Found across western North America, Mule Deer are aptly named due to their oversized ears.

A Mule Deer fawn keeps watch in the early morning sun.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer fawn keeps watch in the early morning sun. (© Tony’s Takes)

White-tailed Deer doe in the soft morning light

This pretty lady was a bit captivated by me – and I have to admit I was a bit taken by her as well. 😉 The beautiful, golden light of sunrise was pretty much perfect for capturing an image of her as she took a break from grazing.

A White-tailed Deer doe pauses from grazing to check out the photographer.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer doe pauses from grazing to check out the photographer. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer serenade

It isn’t too often wildlife breaks out in song as you are taking their picture. Okay, that isn’t what happened and I have never had that happen but in looking at this image it sure looks like that is what these two bucks are doing. 😉 It was a bit chilly on the plains yesterday and these two were content to wait for it to warm up, opting to lay down and just take it easy in the grass as the sun started to rise over the horizon.

Two Mule Deer bucks appear to be singing as they relax at sunrise on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Two Mule Deer bucks appear to be singing as they relax at sunrise on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer buck sports his new velvet

Yet another sign of spring in the wildlife kingdom. Almost immediately after shedding their antlers in the winter, deer bucks begin growing their new ones. This handsome fellow had some nice, thick ones going already and judging by his size, he is one of the seniors of the area. He seemed to be rather proud of the new growth, tucking back his ears, raising his nose and giving me a nice view of the budding antlers.

Mule Deer are quite common across the western half of North America and can be found everywhere from the mountains to the plains. This particular one was out and about on the prairie northeast of Denver, Colorado this past Sunday morning following a late season snowfall.

A Mule Deer buck shows off his growing antlers.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer buck shows off his growing antlers. (© Tony’s Takes)

Rainy day doe

After weeks with very little precipitation and with drought conditions worsening, the Colorado Front Range finally has received some relief over the last couple of weeks. We’ve had some good days of rain and one, quick snowfall, all of which were very welcome.

This pretty White-tailed Deer doe however probably did not care too much for the overnight rains recently as she looked quite soaked to the bone. From a photographers standpoint though, the rain was useful it making her look quite pretty. This time of year the deer are switching to their summer coats so they look kind of scraggly. The wet helped to mitigate that look.

A White-tailed Doe on a very wet, rainy morning on the Colorado plains.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Doe on a very wet, rainy morning on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

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