As a wildlife photographer, I’m always looking for those special moments that reveal the personality and curiosity of animals. Recently, I captured one of those moments with a young whitetail doe in Arkansas.
I was sitting in my ground blind on my property near the Ouachita National Forest, camera ready on the tripod. A small herd of deer emerged from the tree line, grazing their way towards my setup. Most paid no mind to the noises above, but one young doe stopped and stared up into a tree.
A crow had perched high up in the branches, cawing loudly and fussing about. While the other deer ignored the noise, this particular doe was transfixed. Her eyes tracked the crow as it hopped from branch to branch, her ears perked towards its calls. She stood motionless, just watching the watcher.
I couldn’t believe the curiosity and intensity shown by this young deer. As a wildlife photographer, I live for opportunities to capture unique behaviors like this. The doe’s focus and interest in the crow revealed an inquisitive and thoughtful nature underneath her docile exterior.
As quickly as the moment began, it ended – the crow flew off, and the doe rejoined the herd. But I’m thankful I was ready with my camera to document the scene. Moments like these remind me of the individuality and intelligence within each wild creature. Just one encounter can reveal hidden depths if you take the time to watch and appreciate.
- Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
- Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)
- Location: Oden (Arkansas)
- Date and Time Taken: November 27, 2020 (08:17 A. M.)
- Aperture Priority
- Aperture: f5.6
- Shutter speed: 1/50 (as determined by the camera)
- ISO: 3200
- Exposure Compensation: 0
- Focal Length: 200 mm