A wildlife photographer describes encountering and photographing a healthy fawn with peculiarly bent ear tips while on a photography excursion in Oklahoma.
This Whitetail Fawn bedded near the road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. A Doe was with the Fawn but she was in a location difficult to photograph.
Whitetail deer are a common sight at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, but spotting a bedded fawn is a much rarer treat. Fawns are born in the spring and are so small and vulnerable that they must hide from predators for the first few months of their lives. When a fawn beds down for a rest, it does so in a location that provides cover and security.
The sight of a bedded fawn is a heartwarming and awe-inspiring moment for any photographer or wildlife enthusiast. They are small, delicate creatures with spotted coats and big eyes, and they have a peaceful and gentle demeanor. Fawns have the ability to remain motionless for hours, which is an important survival mechanism in their first few months. By staying still and blending into their surroundings, they can avoid being detected by predators.
When observing a bedded fawn, it is important to remember that they are wild animals and should not be approached or disturbed. Photographing them from a distance, with a long lens, is the best way to enjoy this beautiful creature. If you are lucky enough to come across a bedded fawn, be sure [Read More…]