I photographed this Whitetail Doe and Fawn closeup at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma back in August 2018. They were both grooming each other before they bedded down for the morning in the timber.
I have made many trips to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge this summer and have not seen Whitetail Fawns. I talked to the Refuge manager and he advised me that he has seen a few Fawns but not the usual numbers. This has been the first time in 12 years that I have not photographed Fawns at this Refuge.
The big flood may have had something to do with this (Flooding At Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge). If any Fawns were born the first part of May when the flood occurred, many could have drowned.
How I Got The Shot – Whitetail Doe and Fawn
Both of these deer were close to the road, but they were in a dark wooded area. It was so dark where they were that I almost didn’t photograph them at all. I thought since they would feel the frame of my camera that I could get by with a high ISO and the noise wouldn’t be so bad. It’s rarely I can get this close to Deer in my pickup anymore since the Refuge put new gravel on the roads.
My Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with the Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens was resting on a beanbag. The beanbag was draped over the open window of my pickup truck. I shot with a shutter speed of 1/100 of a second at f5.6 and ISO at 2000 in aperture priority mode (AV). White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering. At such a low shutter speed I worried how this photo would turn out. I am happy this photo turned out as well as it did.