As a wildlife photographer, I was thrilled to come across this Doe feeding in a cornfield at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The corn was over head high and the Doe was nibbling on the leaves of the plants.
Years ago, I had no idea that deer would eat the leaves of corn plants. I had always thought they only ate corn on the cob or loose kernels. But as I’ve continued to photograph deer in cornfields, I’ve learned so much about their behavior and eating habits.
With my camera and lens ready, I parked my pickup truck on the auto tour road at the refuge and used a bean bag draped over the open window to rest my camera. I captured this image of the Doe while it was feeding, capturing the moment perfectly.
I hope you enjoy this image of the Doe feeding in the cornfield as much as I enjoyed capturing it. Wildlife photography is not only about getting the perfect shot, but also about learning and experiencing the natural world around us.
• Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
• Date Taken: June 12, 2009
• Aperture: f4.0
• Shutter speed: 1/400 sec. and 1/500 for second photo
• ISO: 400
• Focal Length: 500 mm
• Lens: Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS
• Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Note: I sold the second photo to a company that made a product that keeps deer out of farmers crops.