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White Tail Deer

White Tail Deer
Photo Information
Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark 111, Canon EF70-200mm 4/L
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-24 14:13
Viewed: 4135
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White Tail Deer - White-tailed deer, the smallest members of the North American deer family, are found from southern Canada to South America. In the heat of summer they typically inhabit fields and meadows using clumps of broad-leaved and coniferous forests for shade. During the winter they generally keep to forests, preferring coniferous stands that provide shelter from the harsh elements.

Adult white-tails have reddish-brown coats in summer which fade to a duller grayish-brown in winter. Male deer, called bucks, are easily recognizable in the summer and fall by their prominent set of antlers, which are grown annually and fall off in the winter. Only the bucks grow antlers, which bear a number of tines, or sharp points. During the mating season, also called the rut, bucks fight over territory by using their antlers in sparring matches.

Female deer, called does, give birth to one to three young at a time, usually in May or June and after a gestation period of seven months. Young deer, called fawns, wear a reddish-brown coat with white spots that helps them blend in with the forest.

White-tailed deer are herbivores, leisurely grazing on most available plant foods. Their stomachs allow them to digest a varied diet, including leaves, twigs, fruits and nuts, grass, corn, alfalfa, and even lichens and other fungi. Occasionally venturing out in the daylight hours, white-tailed deer are primarily nocturnal or crepuscular, browsing mainly at dawn and dusk.

In the wild, white-tails, particularly the young, are preyed upon by bobcats, mountain lions, and coyotes. They use speed and agility to outrun predators, sprinting up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour and leaping as high as 10 feet (3 meters) and as far as 30 feet (9 meters) in a single bound.

Although previously depleted by unrestricted hunting in the United States, strict game-management measures have helped restore the white-tailed deer population.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-24 14:33]

Hi Bill,great capture in a very elegant position,super sharpness and colors and a magnificent and rich background too.I wish you all the best for Christmas and thanks to show us this beauty,Luciano.

Hello Bill,
It is splendid photo with exceptional details.
Very good colors and nice contrast against the background.
The light and exposure are perfect as usual.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-12-24 18:19]

Hello Bill,
A beautifully posed 8 point in it's pretty red coat. Colors are well saturated and the detail is great. I see he has his leg up and ready to stomp the ground to see if you will move. Good exposure and nicely composed.
I have seen alot of deer this year out behind the house and they all seem to be in fine shape for the winter. Well done!!

Ciao Bill, great portrait of lovely deer in nice pose, wonderful matural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, Merry Christmas to you and your family, ciao Silvio

Hi Bill,
really interesting photo of this deer. Perfect point of view. Great sharpness and details.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Bill,
Beautiful image of this deer who felt your presence. What I like especially here are the pose of the deer, colours, details, POV and eye contact.
Best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-25 11:43]

Hello Bill.
Fantastic shot, what a great photo.Colours is great & light beautifull, very well composed.
Best regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-25 23:46]

Lovely image of this deer with one leg up, good capture. tfs.

Hello Bill,
May you and your family have a super festive season and 2012.
A Beautiful composition with super sharpness/detail, pose, fantastic colours, POV, light balance and OOF BG. Well done.
Best regards,

Hallo Bill
This is really a beautiful image. The combination of colours in the image as a whole is striking, the composition and point of view very pleasant, and the overall presentation has a "friendly" touch to it. I really like the direct eye contact the deer has with you. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2011-12-27 14:58]

Olá Bill,
É uma grandiosa imagem muito bem trabalhada com detalhes ótimo, qualidade e nitidez perfeita, meus parabéns. Por essa bela imagem.

Hello Bill,A photo in fantastic clarity. Amazing sharpness and details and very beautiful bright colours. Excellent composition and contrasting BG.
Regards, Paolo

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