I photographed this Whitetail Doe licking her tail at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

It still amazes me how far a deer can reach while grooming itself.

Whitetail Doe Grooming Her Tail
Whitetail Doe Grooming Her Tail

How I Got The Photo:

This Doe was in an area known as Goss Field, which is at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge. Goss Field is located in the north central area of the auto tour road. (After you pass the Sally Jones Causeway and before the asphalt section of the tour road).

My camera and lens were resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: Canon EF 800 mm f/11


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: August 13, 2021 (6:57 A.M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/320
  • ISO: 6400 (Auto)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0
  • Focal Length: 800 mm