The Fawn Lake Mascots
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|These are Brother and sister Mule Deer fawns. This is probably their second summer as the boy on the left is just starting to get his first set of horns. I saw them a few times and the mom was still around as well. They didn't seem to mind people but seemed very frightened of dogs.|
The mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is a deer which is indigenous to western North America. The Mule Deer gets its name from its large mule-like ears. There are believed to be several subspecies, including the black-tailed deer. Unlike its cousin, the white-tailed deer, mule deer are generally more associated with the land west of the Missouri River, or more specifically, with the Rocky Mountain region of North America. Mule deer have also been introduced to Kauai (Hawaii) and Argentina. The most noticeable differences between whitetails and mule deer are the size of their ears, the color of their tails, and the configuration of their antlers. In many cases, body size is also a key difference. The mule deer's tail is black-tipped, whereas the whitetail's is not. Mule deer antlers are bifurcated, or in other words, they "fork" as they grow rather than branching from a single main beam (as is the case with whitetails). Each year, after mating season, a buck's antlers start to grow in spring almost immediately after they are shed. Shedding typically takes place in mid February with variations occurring by locale. Although capable of running, mule deer often prefer to stot, which is moving with a bounding leap, with all four feet coming down together.
The mule deer is the largest of the Odocoileus genus, standing, on the average, 40–42 inches (100–110 cm) at the shoulders and stretching 80 inches (200 cm) or so nose to tail. An adult buck will weigh from 150–300 pounds (68–140 kg) on the hoof, with does averaging 125–175 pounds (57–79 kg). The occasional trophy-sized mule deer buck may weigh in around 500 pounds (230 kg). The Mule Deer does not show marked size variation across its range as does the White-tailed Deer.
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What a delightful nature shot! Great composition and pose, good sharpness and lighting.
Great capture of a very nice species of deer.
The details, colors and focus are great.
Excellent clarity and perfect POV.
Beautiful photo of these Mule Deer fawns,
i love the POV more lower than the subjects,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS
what a nice and peaceful photo.
Very nice point of view. Amazing colours. Great composition.
Thanks for sharing,
Beautiful species of deer captured in a nice pose with good details and natural colours. The POV is the best possible. Well done!
Lovely nature shot Denis. They look very alert!