I photographed this Whitetail Buck sticking its tongue out at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This was on July 3rd. This was also the first time I visited this refuge since the big flood (Flooding At Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge). The refuge has done a great job with cleanup. The Sandtown area was still closed. Later that day I read on their Facebook page that they opened the road but the trail was still closed. They stated they plan on closing it again to finish cleanup but for now it is open.

Whitetail Buck Sticking Tongue Out
Whitetail Buck Sticking Tongue Out

You can see a higher resolution of this photo here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/screek/48202955701/

I saw several Deer, Raccoon, Turtles and even a couple of Coyotes. The Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets were also around but I could only photograph a Great Egret. I didn’t get photos of the Coyotes because they were far away. They were laying in the middle of a plowed field. I drove by this area three different times and they were in the field each time. I didn’t see anything they could have fed on so I’m not sure why they were laying in this open field. Each time I drove by only one of the Coyotes would stand up. This was also late in the morning. These Coyotes were in the north field west of the Sally Jones West Causeway.

I saw several Whitetail Does but I didn’t see any Fawns. The flooding of this refuge took place during the time some Fawns would have been born. I will go back next week with my fingers crossed that I will see Fawns.

How I Got The Shot – Whitetail Buck Sticking Tongue Out

This Buck was near the road east of Reeves Ramp. It was also between the road and Shug’s Pond. I saw another Deer with this Buck but I think it was a Doe. The weeds were high which made it difficult to see and photograph this Buck or get a good look at the other Deer. I was able to park on the road without disturbing the Buck. It continued eating while I photographed it. I got several photos of its tongue out while it was chewing.

I had my Fujifilm X-T3 with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. I have the camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/125 of a second at f5.6 and the ISO at 160. White Balance on auto.