A very cold morning here in the Denver area (15° F or so) and light snow. The deer out at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal were out and about and relatively active despite the cold weather. This buck and a doe were taking it easy and bedded down in some tall grass – keeping a close eye on me though. 😉 He might have escaped unseen were it not for those big antlers stick up!
Elk are getting a lot of the ‘press’ now days in Colorado with the rut going on but this good looking buck deer made a strong case of his own. The mule deer rut typically begins in November which probably explains why he and another buck were shadowing six does in the area. Once the rut begins, the two males won’t be willing to be quite so close to each other.
Taken at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge back in July. This doe was leading her fawn through the grass but the young one really seemed to want to stop and watch me like I was watching it. 😉
Following a first attack, a deer and coyote size each other up. Absolutely amazing sequence of events this morning at Rocky Mountain National Park. The story is a bit lengthy but worth reading.
We were just starting out on a hike when we hear what almost sounded like a bird screeching or a kid making sounds. Didn’t give it much thought initially then there is a burst of motion behind us and a young deer is running through the grass with one coyote running alongside trying to latch on, another not far behind.
The deer smartly ran to the edge of the parking lot for safety while the coyotes were too skittish to follow near humans. Naturally I didn’t have the right lens on for this type of thing as I was planning to take landscapes (UGH!). I ran to my car, swapped lenses and captured this image.
The deer thought it was safe so bounded out the other side of the parking lot while the coyotes looked on. Unfortunately the deer chose to circle back where it originally came from and the wily coyotes did as well.
We hear more ‘screeching’ from the other side of a bunch of trees and here comes the deer toward us again at full speed. Again the coyotes backed off not wanting to come close to humans. They kept their distance as they worked their way around us, closely watching the deer.
Last we saw, the deer was bounding over a hill with the coyotes in pursuit. Just amazing to witness!
Bounding #Bambi in Grand Teton National Park. This fawn was one of a pair that was hanging out with their mother two weeks ago.
Mom walked off and this little one didn’t mind being apart – for a little while. It then bounded off once it decided mama was too far away. I don’t know how old it was but it was very fleet-footed!
These two young deer were hanging out with mama in the southern part of Grand Teton National Park this morning. They were absolutely the cutest thing you can imagine. They were also quite fleet-footed as when they ran they were very agile and fast (a different picture I will share in the near future).
Well, maybe not that famous fawn, but this young deer and its mama were out walking yesterday. It was very curious about me and didn’t seem to understand what the fuss was about. I just love seeing all the newly born wildlife in spring and early summer. Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.
My usual Saturday morning wildlife viewing started out quite slow. A drive through the Rocky Mountain Arsenal yielded little more than a curious deer but after heading north and east, hawks and owls clearly became the dominant subject.
Swainson’s Hawks were plentiful in the area north of Denver International Airport with many of them being more than willing to pose for me. Most notably was a pair ‘caught in the act’ mating on a fence.
From there I headed to a known Great Horned Owl’s nest to check on the family. The three owlets who aren’t too small anymore had worked themselves out of the nest and were lower in the tree. Dad and Mom kept a watchful eye from nearby.
My son and I headed out this morning for a quick photo tour of some of our usual haunts. This included the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area.
At the Arsenal it was pretty much standard fare with the bison being the most notable. Just to the north we came across a hawk that was kind enough to give us a few very nice flybys.
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