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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-09 16:24
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Points: 20
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Hi All,
Today we went in the province of Saskatchewan for a change of pace.
This young Whitetail buck has just lost his antlers as seen by the blood on the top left side of his head. I have always wondered how it feels, if its like when we lose are baby teeth. We saw a great deal of wildlife today but were unable to get close enough to most of it. The most disappointing part was a mule deer carcass with 4 Bald eagles, some Ravens, magpies and a coyote all trying for their share of the spoils. But it was fun watching, even if we couldn't get close enough.

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Hi Rick,
this is a most interesting photo of the now antlerless buck with the red area showing up well.I do not think that when they lose their antlers it hurts them in any way and not having the added weight might even make them a little happier especially when running through trees and bushes.The light in his eye is warm and very well captured and overall the exposure looks wonderful with ,much in the way of details.A fine capture of this buck and thank you for giving us this view.It's too bad about not getting near enough to get good photos of those savaging the mule deer carcass,I have seen just that very thing myself and it is fun to see the way all the animals interact while trying to get something to eat. Bob


OUCH is correct but I guess those guys have to live with it year after year. Too bad you couldn't get too close to the Eagles. Did you try parking your car 'close' by and using it as a blind? I found that this works on some occasions... Anyways... TFS.

Best Regards,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-09 21:20]

Hi Rick,

Sounds like you had a great day even if the you couldn't get close enough to the action. This is an interesting shot - I know I have never seen a buck who just lost his antlers. For some reason I never thought that would cause bleeding - or I guess I never thought about it. Good details and nice natural colors. I love his eye!!


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-02-09 21:22]

Hello Rick,
This is a very nice portrait, indeed looks painful but I guess
it will grow back... Well done


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-09 23:17]

Hello Rick,
Very nice capture of this lovely Whitetail buck .Beautiful colours with nice Bg , very good composition TFS well done.
Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-10 0:46]

Hello Rick
Nice portrait, good details and natural colors.

hello Rick

as you say aoutch, but they could be accustomed to those things,
beautiful portrait photography of this lovely wild animal,
shot with fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness and details,



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-02-10 7:13]

Hola Rick.
I have seen so many Bucks without antlers too during this days,and stay like this during summer time. Some times i found the antler in grond. Little rats eat them.
Lovely photo my friend

You sure do take advantage of your treks and sometimes even during work! Very nice Rick..You are full of nice images..

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-10 10:17]

You and Lucy sure know how to go into wildlife and you bring us so many wonderful pictures, I have learned so much from you, Rick. The most important one is, I think, not be scared in the forest of the animals. You and bobair get so close, it helped me and most people say I am adventurous to go out alone in the forest whereas I now know that there is more danger from human beings than in the forest ;-) this is a particular picture, here, showing the blood from the antlers, I didn't even know they were loosing them. Do they suffer? How are we to know??? I hope not and thank you again for this nice post,


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