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Deer Watching

White-tailed Deer
White-tailed Deer

I was delighted to find some White-tailed Deer lounging around in Allegany State Park today. When I first approached they were feeding in a wet spot in the woods. Anticipating them running away . . . they did the absolute opposite and one at a time laid down in the snow. I happen to be in the right position to capture a few pictures before thanking them and waving good bye. I love sunny days like this!

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer


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27 responses

  1. Adorable; I’ve been seeing quite a few around here, too, including what seem to be yearlings playing in the snow.

    15 February 2009 at 7:38 pm

  2. They look pretty good

    15 February 2009 at 7:55 pm

  3. Bo

    So many deer! Are you have problems with your deer population? One of my favorite nature preserves just determined they have lost the pink lady slipper, hasn’t appeared for three years now, and they’re attributing it in part to the deer. It seems to be a real dilemma.

    15 February 2009 at 8:02 pm

  4. Such sweet pictures. Absolutely adorable!

    15 February 2009 at 8:34 pm

  5. Really great pictures of white tails. I always find it interesting how docile deer can be, and you can approach them without frightening them if you are in the right frame of mind. I usually talk to them as I take their pictures. We have an albino deer around here, I have as yet to get a good picture though.

    15 February 2009 at 8:47 pm

  6. @ Wren – Thanks your are soo wonderful! Shouldn’t be too long before more little ones are running around!
    @ Three – thanks
    @ Bo – certain spots you can see it more than others! But wish we did have more ground shrub’s but the deer take care of whatever grows!
    @ Kallen – thanks
    @ Robert – Thanks and hope you are able to get that show of the albino!

    15 February 2009 at 8:55 pm

  7. Great hots Tom, the pic with the three bedded down is amazing, the contrast between the warm light and snow is wonderful !!

    Great work !!

    15 February 2009 at 9:29 pm

  8. Lovely pictures of the deer. I was deer watching this morning myself. Watching them eat my neighbors plants. Some people never learn to plant only things the deer don’t care to eat.

    15 February 2009 at 11:11 pm

  9. Tom–breathtakingly lovely photos. How interesting that they lay down to watch you instead of running away. Maybe not a good thing–over-familiarity with humans, loss of fear?

    15 February 2009 at 11:19 pm

  10. Picture calendar perfect, they are real beauts!

    15 February 2009 at 11:34 pm

  11. The sun was shining in exactly the right spot! Lucky you! Beautiful shots Tom. :c)

    16 February 2009 at 6:29 am

  12. Pam

    These are great photos, Tom! Glad they stuck around for the photo shoot!

    16 February 2009 at 9:05 am

  13. White-tailed Deer are very shy, although they rarely run from vehicles here in Kitchener, Ontario.

    16 February 2009 at 9:10 am

  14. Beautiful! I love the last one’s expression!

    16 February 2009 at 9:59 am

  15. Lisa at Greenbow

    Oh my gosh. What a wonderful sight. It is good that you had presence of mind to take the photos. I probably would have been so excited I would have forgotten to take the pictures. I love the one of them lying there in the dappled sunlight. That alone is a rarity.

    16 February 2009 at 11:33 am

  16. I love the next to the last shot – they look so beautiful laying down there with heads up!

    16 February 2009 at 3:23 pm

  17. It is so beautiful to see deer relaxed like this, in a moment of safety and ease. Their repose is lovely. Beautiful photos, tom.

    16 February 2009 at 6:46 pm

  18. The sunlight is really cool in your photos. Nice job!

    16 February 2009 at 9:37 pm

  19. My uncle made me eat Sloppy Joes, then later told me it was deer meat. I was mad! He kept joking all night that I ate Bambi, but I wasn’t laughing. What a sneaky mean hunter he is. LOL! Your photos are wonderful, I would never eat them on purpose.

    16 February 2009 at 11:02 pm

  20. Marg

    Oh how sweet!

    They always seem to run from me

    17 February 2009 at 11:38 am

  21. @ Bernie – Thanks and that one is my fave also!
    @ ncmt woman – thanks and just like a fast food restaurant for the deer!
    @ KGMom – thanks and 9 out of 10 times you look at them and they run! I think it was more luck!
    @ Linda – he he thanks
    @ Jayne – Thanks and the sun was helpful in the pictures!
    @ Pam – thanks and I am also!
    @ Samuel – wish ours was that way! Thanks for sharing this bud!
    @ misti – thanks
    @ Lisa – I had the camera in hand when it all happened!
    @ Bird Girl – Thanks and it was fun taking that shot!
    @ Robin – Thanks
    @ Zen – perfect seeing the sun . . . period!
    @ lets paint – hmm love deer meat! I understand though!
    @ marg – thanks and do with me also!

    17 February 2009 at 12:10 pm

  22. That is a beautiful seen.-I wish that I was there watching those deer. They can be accommodating on occasion.

    17 February 2009 at 7:29 pm

  23. I love the second picture! Beautiful lighting.

    17 February 2009 at 9:51 pm

  24. Grace

    These are Great photos. The second from the bottom is my favorite.

    17 February 2009 at 10:05 pm

  25. Splendid photos. And how nice that they posed for you!

    18 February 2009 at 3:53 pm

  26. @ Larry – Thanks and I got lucky!
    @ Ruth – thanks
    @ Grace – thanks and a fave of mine also!
    @ Deernews – thanks and glad you enjoyed, welcome to the site!

    18 February 2009 at 8:15 pm

  27. Wonderful shots…How awesome that they actually laid down!

    21 February 2009 at 8:05 am

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