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Golden Moment - 2

Golden Moment - 2
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-22 13:48
Viewed: 2502
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is significant in that it was taken only 11 seconds after my previous posting (See 'Golden Moment'). This fawn is the offspring of the doe featured in that image.

Focusing on the mother, I hadn't noticed that this tiny deer had stepped out of the field behind me to investigate this intruder.

Normally, I would have placed my lens cap back on the camera after the doe had ran off .... but I had lost the cap earlier in the day & as I swing around to leave - the camera was still armed & ready to shoot. That's when I spotted it peaking at me.

It's expression appears to be composed equally of curiosity, fear, surprise & slight perturbation (in being disturbed from it's afternoon feeding}.

Here, I am only about 20 feet away from it. This capturing of emotional body language is not nearly as easy from a greater distance & with a larger magnification.

Female Northern White-tailed deer give birth to 1–3 spotted fawns, in mid to late spring.

Fawns will lose their spots during the first summer and will weigh from 46 to 78 pounds (21 to 36 kg) by the first winter.

Male fawns tend to be slightly larger and heavier than females. For the first 3-4 weeks, fawns mostly lie still and hide in vegetation while their mothers meander & feed.

The mother will visit her fawn periodically during the day for nursing. They are weaned after 8–10 weeks.

Males will leave their mothers after the first year while females will leave during or after the second year.

dmark11, bungbing, Pitoncle, anel, BREARD, PaulLees, jaycee, ana974 has marked this note useful
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Hi Derek,
Wow what a great looking little fawn. I love it. It's a gorgeous little deer in a great environment. I think you nailed the focus and despite the tree shadow, the light is pretty good too. This is a keeper. Well done.

I ask myself; why this never happens to me when I lose my lens cap. Sometimes if a doe comes along and you wait a minute or two, a big buck will often follows.

An incredible charming capture Derek ...what an amazing and peaceful scene. Brilliant ..but I wonder where the rest of the members of Treknature are today? Hm!!!
George Veltchev

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-08-22 23:31]

Bonjour Derek,

N'habitant pas au bord de la forêt, je n'aurai jamais la chance de voir un faon arriver dans mon jardin.
Excellente photo

Hi Derek,
Lovely shot of this little fawn in his natural surrounding, very nice eye-contact, very well exposure and good sharpness, a lovely nature pic, well taken,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Bonjour Derek,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement sous une belle lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier, dans une bonne composition, la délicatesse des couleurs et la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-23 5:00]

Hello Derek,
How cute and such a beautiful surrounding! I had exactely the same opportunity a few days ago, a mother and a fawn, unfortunately I just had my macro-lens and there were a little bit too far away. But this kind of "rencontre" are unforgettable. Very well presented.
Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-23 6:34]

Hello Derek,
What a wonderful photo. The eye contact is amazing. Splendid colours and sharp focus. Great composition.

Beautiful scene and beautiful photo Derek! The lighting and the colours are fantastic. Very good sharpness too.

Hi Derek, Wow this is Nature photography at its very best my friend, splendid capture of this little fawn picture framed with this beautiful and colourful foliage, it doesn't come better, excellent composition and very well done,
Best regards,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-08-25 9:57]

Hi Derek,

If you hadn't lost your lens cap you probably would have missed the beautiful capture of the spotted fawn. I find this especially beautiful because in Tucson we only have mule deer and we have no lush surroundings like this. A wonderful animal, excellent colors, details, setting and composition.


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-29 20:57]

Hello Derek!
Gorgeous little Bamby !Impressive shot with wonderful environment, amazing sharpness and nice natural colors.You can be very proud of this beautiful shot!Lucky man!!! TFS
Regards from,

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