During my wildlife photography excursion at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I had the opportunity to spot and photograph a fascinating Whitetail Fawn with bent ear tips in a nearby field. At first, I was concerned that the tips of the Fawn’s ears were missing, but upon closer inspection of my photographs on the computer, I realized that they were merely bent back.
Curious about the reasons behind the fawn’s peculiar ear position, I conducted some online research and discovered that curled ear tips on Fawns could be indicative of dehydration. When a Fawn is unable to nurse and becomes dehydrated, the tips of its ears may curl backward slightly. Healthy, well-fed fawns, on the other hand, typically have straight ears. However, after observing the Fawn’s behavior and appearance, I ruled out dehydration as the cause of its ear position. The Fawn appeared healthy, and its mother was nearby, indicating that it was likely well-nourished.
Getting a clear shot of the Fawn was a challenging task. The Fawn was located in a field with tall plants that obscured my view from the side of the road where I parked my pickup truck. To overcome this obstacle, I opened my door and stood on the door frame, placing my camera on the roof of my vehicle to capture the perfect shot.
In conclusion, my encounter with the Whitetail Fawn with bent ear tips was a fascinating experience that taught me about the importance of conducting thorough research to better understand wildlife behavior. While the ear position of the Fawn may have initially sparked concern, my research and observations ultimately revealed that the Fawn was healthy and thriving in its natural habitat.
- Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
- Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date & Time Taken: August 24, 2018 (07:12:11 A.M.)
- Aperture Priority
- Aperture: f7.1
- Shutter speed: 1/320 sec. (as determined by the camera)
- ISO: 800
- Focal Length: 400 mm
There could be a few reasons why a Whitetail Fawn has bent ear tips:
Genetics: Some Fawns may simply have naturally bent or curled ear tips due to their genetics.
Physical damage: Fawns may get their ears caught on branches or other objects, causing the tips to bend or curl.
Dehydration: As mentioned earlier, Fawns that are dehydrated may have curled ear tips.
Infection or illness: In some cases, Fawns may have an infection or illness that causes their ear tips to curl or bend.
It’s important to note that bent or curled ear tips on their own are not necessarily indicative of a problem.