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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:01 am 
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The sun managed to poke out again for the morning yesterday so of course I was out as well... Came across this little doe as she was rooting around for some food. After I got into a decent position she settled down again and went back to feeding...

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As I was shooting the one above the following one darted between me and the one I was shooting. Obviously something spooked her. As you can see the snow off the paths has gotten deeper again... about 10cm more and the snow will be belly high on the deer.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:04 am 
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Nice shot, she seems a bit fat, do deer hibernate or something similar in winter? :|

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:53 am 
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Hi Pierovera, No. Deer do not hibernate. They are out all winter - they dig down through the snow to try to find food or eat the tender shoots off the trees and bushes.

Nice shots Wolfsong!!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:55 am 
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Oh thanks for clarifying! We don't get snow here in Mexico so I haven't really looked much into what snow animals, like deer, do. I feel kinda stupid :P

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:33 pm 
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they are fat at this time of year :)
as kpr mentioned above they fatten up for the winter seeing their food will not be as readily available and it wont have anywhere near the nutritional value that it does in the spring and summer. Most people who live up here and are knowledgable about the outdoors say that the colder/longer your winter will be the fatter deer and other animals will be in the early winter. As kpr mentioned it looks like we are in for a long cold one based on the deer seen so far.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:06 am 
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More great shots wolf!!

pierovera...here's a quick read on Whitetails from Ontario...west of me,east of Wolf and NE-ish of xnavy.
Pretty hardy critters all things considered.

http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/FW/2ColumnSubPage/STDPROD_097096.html

The males (bucks) lose a considerable amount of their fat reserves in the fall when they rut (mating season) and there body shape changes a lot due to fighting for dominance/females,most noticeably their necks swell from fighting.
Myself I am shocked we don't have many more blind bucks....all fun and games til someone looses an eye!!
Here's a short clip of a battle....you can hear these fights in the woods for miles on a still morning/evening.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SV78IU2Emo

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:56 pm 
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Thanks for the links kpr! :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:15 am 
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Bucks have dropped their horns here,time to start growing their new ones.
Took these from distance,not only because the field was wide open but not wanting to pressure them as there is a thin hard crust on the top of the snow,
it makes it hard plus dangerous for them to run and risk injury.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:58 pm 
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nice kpr.. doesnt look like you guys got a lot of snow there yet this year... lucky :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:23 pm 
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Nice shots guys :D

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Great shots kpr! :D

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:13 am 
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Wolfsong wrote:
doesnt look like you guys got a lot of snow there yet this year... lucky :)


Hey now...the winter isn't over yet!!...shhhhhhhhhhhh :!:
We dodged a major bullet yesterday/today!!
Newfoundland got walloped with close to 70cm = 27.5591inches of snow and 100+kmph winds. :shock:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:22 pm 
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Taken at Komodo National Park

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Think I should have framed it so that all of the right hand tree is visible.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:49 pm 
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what kind of deer are they csaba?

Also... you may want to try and crop the pic using the trees on the right and left to frame the pic using 1/2 of each tree to boarder each side.

Just an idea if you are not happy with the composition as it is.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:11 am 
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good shots guys.

Komodo National Park, those deer would become food for a Komodo dragon???
Coming across one of those big komodo dragons in the wild would be an interesting photo experience. Would love to see them in the wild.
I find our 6 foot long goanna`s impressive enough.



Hi Wolf, I love that last shot of yours. I think that might look good less cropped. ie its got the deer in a natural, healthy alert look with the tail up would be nice to see more of the natural environment and how its trail blazing the fresh snow.
Call it Prancer. :D

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