I spotted this Whitetail Fawn with bent ear tips feeding in a field at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. At first, I thought the tips of the ears were missing. When I looked at my photos of the Fawn on my computer, I discovered that they were bent back.
I did some research online, and all I found was that curled ear tips on Fawns could be signs of dehydration. A Fawn that has been unable to nurse will dehydrate, causing the tips of the fawn’s ears to curl backward slightly. Healthy, well-fed fawns have straight ears. I don’t think this is the case with this Fawn do to its age and as you can see in the photo; it looks healthy and Mom was nearby.
This was a difficult photo to get because I had tall plants between the Fawn and my pickup. The plants were over 6 foot tall so when I parked on the side of the road the plants blocked my view. I opened my door and stood on the door frame and placed my camera on the roof of my pickup.
- 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
- White Balance – Auto
- Metering Mode: Evaluative
- Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
- Back-button Focus
- Single Point Continuous Auto Focus
- Focal Length: 400 mm
- Processed With Luminar 4