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But, Mom, look at that guy back there!

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. 😉

A doe leads here fawn through the grass at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

A doe leads here fawn through the grass at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

The Standoff: Coyote and Young Deer Wait for the Next Move

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!

The standoff.  After being attacked, a young deer prepares to make its escape from a coyote.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The standoff. After being attacked, a young deer prepares to make its escape from a coyote. (© Tony’s Takes)

Bounding Bambi

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!

A bounding deer fawn in Grand Teton National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bounding deer fawn in Grand Teton National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Deer fawns in the grass

 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).  

Fawns in the grass at Grand Teton National Park. © Tony’s Takes

Fawns in the grass at Grand Teton National Park. © Tony’s Takes

Bambi in the tall grass

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.  

A fawn looks on in the tall grass. © Tony’s Takes

A fawn looks on in the tall grass. © Tony’s Takes

Saturday photo shoot turns into a veritable hawk fest

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.

A female Swainson's Hawk flies by. © Tony’s Takes

A female Swainson’s Hawk flies by. © Tony’s Takes

 

Hawk quest (and a few other critters)

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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A juvenile red-tailed hawk staged a flyby while keeping an eye on us.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile red-tailed hawk staged a flyby while keeping an eye on us. (© Tony’s Takes)