I would guess that this Buck and Doe grooming each other were born as twin fawns, and they stayed together and are continuing to groom each other. I would think this will change as soon as the Buck looses the velvet.

Whitetail Buck and Doe Grooming Each Other
Whitetail Buck and Doe Grooming Each Other

How I Got The Photo:

I photographed these two deer at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. They were in an area called Goss Field, which is in the Northwest corner of the refuge.

I parked on the edge of the auto tour road and began photographing. My camera and lens were on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: Canon EF 800 mm f/11


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: August 13, 2021 (7:11 A.M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/640
  • ISO: 6400 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Continues Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Focal Length: 800 mm