Doe At J. T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve

This past Saturday, I had a delightful trip to the J.T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve in Oklahoma. My aim was to spot some wildlife, and I wasn’t disappointed!

The day was filled with sightings of Whitetail Deer. They were aplenty, grazing peacefully in the fields. While I was hoping to catch a glimpse of some Elk, I didn’t see any on this visit. Perhaps a quick check online to confirm their presence at the preserve is in order for next time.

There were several Bucks amongst the Deer, but to my surprise, they had already shed their antlers. It seems winter is truly over!

Whitetail Doe - Oklahoma
Whitetail Doe – J. T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve – Oklahoma

One particular encounter stood out. I was standing on the county road that goes through the preserve when I noticed a group of Deer in a field near the office. This beautiful Whitetail Doe was among them, and I managed to capture a photo as she gracefully moved from the field towards the woods on the south side of the road.

For this shot, I was hand-holding my trusty Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached, using a Fringer EF-FX Pro adapter. Here are the camera settings I used:

  • Mode: AV Mode (Aperture Priority)
  • Focus: Back-button focus
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter Speed: 1/1800 sec
  • White Balance: Auto White Balance
  • Auto Focus: Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Metering: Multi Metering
  • Focal Length: 400mm

I’m thrilled with how the photo turned out! It’s always a rewarding experience to be able to capture the beauty of wildlife in their natural habitat.