I photographed this 6 Point Buck Standing To Eat in an area known as Minor’s Cove which is at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.
While most people are familiar with deer browsing on vegetation while on all fours, it’s not uncommon to see them standing on their hind legs to reach for food.
Whitetail deer are herbivores and their diet consists of various types of vegetation such as leaves, grasses, and shrubs. They use their keen sense of smell and strong neck muscles to reach for food that is just out of reach. This is where standing on their hind legs comes in handy. By doing so, they are able to extend their reach and access food that is higher up.
While this behavior may seem unusual, it is actually a survival mechanism for whitetail deer. By standing on their hind legs, they are able to reach food that is not accessible to other animals and avoid competition for resources. In addition, this behavior allows them to observe their surroundings and watch for potential predators.
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: August 3, 2022 (06:42 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f7.1
- Shutter speed: 1/200
- ISO: 6400 (Auto)
- Focal Length: 500 mm