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Foggy deer

Mule Deer does and fawns seemed a bit interested in the guy with the camera. The fog really made for tough shooting conditions and grainy pics but it also allowed for some unique captures. Taken last weekend at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

Mule Deer does and fawns keep close watch on a foggy morning on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer does and fawns keep close watch on a foggy morning on the Great Plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bald Eagle performs Top Gun flyby

This kind of reminds me of one of my favorite lines from the 80s hit movie: “Sorry, Goose, but it’s time to buzz the tower.” In this case, time to buzz the White-tailed Deer. 😉

I captured this image this past Sunday in Longmont, Colorado. I spotted the eagle in what would have been a prime position to catch it posing with the Rocky Mountains behind but it had other plans. Before I even had a chance to get in position it took flight and while I was a good ways away, I decided to snap some pictures. I’m glad I did as I didn’t even know the deer were there until it went over them.

I haven’t had a truly quality photo session with a Bald Eagle for a couple months now and I am getting frustrated. We have been incredibly warm here in Colorado and I suspect that is delaying their arrival for the season. Problem is, I am not a patient person!

A Bald Eagle flies over a trio of White-tailed Deer at St Vrain State Park in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle flies over a trio of White-tailed Deer at St Vrain State Park in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Big buck silhouetted by the rising sun

This is something that many a deer hunter would love to have in front of them. 😉

This very large Mule Deer buck was standing on a slight rise to my east early in the morning. His massive frame and sizeable antlers made him quite easy to pick out of the landscape, even with the sunrise behind it. The shadowy form made for a pretty neat picture.

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 recently.

A Mule Deer buck is silhouetted against a rising sun in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer buck is silhouetted against a rising sun in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

White-tailed Deer at attention in front of the Rocky Mountains

I have to say that I find this to be a very cool image.

This doe and fawn were grazing on the Great Plains and looked right at me when they realized I was there. The early morning sun lit up the immediate landscape in shades of autumn gold. In the background, the snow-covered Rocky Mountains including the imposing 14,259-foot-high Longs Peak. That mountain is about 50 miles from where I was at!

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 doe and fawn pay close attention as they graze on the plains. In the background, a snow-covered Longs Peak.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer doe and fawn pay close attention as they graze on the plains. In the background, a snow-covered Longs Peak. (© Tony’s Takes)

Two bucks for Tuesday

I happened across these two handsome fellows Friday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. In case you didn’t know, the refuge has just opened a greatly expanded auto tour that adds about nine miles to the drive. You really should go check it out if you live in the Denver area.

Two Mule Deer bucks hang out on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Two Mule Deer bucks hang out on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Photographer says, "Oh, deer!" Deer says, "Oh, dear!"

I was watching this young White-tailed Deer’s mom, not realizing that the little one was only 10 feet away. It had its head down in the tall grass, grazing, then it suddenly became aware of my presence and popped its head up. I think we both were a bit surprised. Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado.

A White-tailed Deer fawn pays close attention at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer fawn pays close attention at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

Pair of Mule Deer bucks relax in the high country

These cool dudes seemed to know they were the big studs of the area and weren’t afraid to let themselves be seen. They were hanging out in one of the campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park and were quite content to people watch, unthreatened by all the humans around them.

Mule Deer are quite common across the western half of North America and can be found everywhere from the mountains to the plains. While these two bucks are clearly getting along fine right now, in another few weeks they will likely find themselves doing battle and trying to garner the attention of the area females.

A pair of Mule Deer bucks relaxes in the shade in the Moraine Park area of Rocky Mountain National Park.   (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Mule Deer bucks relaxes in the shade in the Moraine Park area of Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mule Deer fawn plays hide and seek

I happened across this little one, its mom and its twin while hiking on Saturday afternoon. While mama was more than willing to pose for pictures, the young ones were far more cautious and opted to stay hidden most of the time. They proved to be quite adept and keeping themselves out of view but I did manage a few captures including this one when one of them was looking right at me and framed by the trees.

Mule Deer are quite common across the western half of North America and can be found everywhere from the mountains to the plains. This family opted for a high altitude residence at about 10,000 feet in Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado.

A Mule Deer fawn keeps watch from its concealed position in the forest.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mule Deer fawn keeps watch from its concealed position in the forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

“Yikes! I’ve been spotted!”

This handsome fellow was grazing along the road’s edge toward Maligne Lake on our recent visit up north. This was probably in our top three favorite areas of the park. So much scenery and wildlife that it took multiple trips to truly be able to take it all in.

A mule deer buck in Jasper National Park. Canada seems a bit surprised at having his picture taken. (© Tony’s Takes)

A mule deer buck in Jasper National Park. Canada seems a bit surprised at having his picture taken. (© Tony’s Takes)

Precious White-tailed Deer fawn at dawn

A very, very cute find early one morning at Jasper National Park. This young one and its mom were out for a walk and it paused just long enough for me to snap a few pictures.

Unfortunately, looking at them afterwards, the images were very, very dark. I had not checked my camera settings which were left at the ones I use for taking pics of birds in flight. Ugh!

Thankfully I was to recover a decent image in post processing although it is much grainier than what it should be.

A White-tailed Deer fawn keeps watch while walking through Jasper National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Deer fawn keeps watch while walking through Jasper National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)