I’m not sure if this Buck was eating the Duckweed or if it was drinking the water covered with Duckweed. I read that Deer can eat duckweed. However, it is not a preferred food source and they will typically consume it only if other food sources are scarce.

Duckweed is a tiny floating plant that grows on the surface of still waters. It is often considered a nuisance due to its rapid growth and ability to clog waterways. However, the impact of duckweed on the ecosystem is much greater than just a simple inconvenience. Duckweed is a critical food source for many species of wildlife, including the whitetail buck.

Whitetail Buck And Duckweed
Whitetail Buck And Duckweed

I photographed this Buck from my pickup while parked on the auto tour road at Miner’s Cove. This was at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I had my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Lens: Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date & Time Taken: August 25, 2010 (07:01:26 A.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f4.0
  • Shutter speed: 1/640 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 2000
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

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