Recently, my friend Mia McPherson from Utah and I embarked on a thrilling photographic adventure at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Little did we know that our visit would unveil a heartwarming scene involving two Whitetail Does and a playful Fawn.

Discovering the Whitetail Does and Fawn:

On that memorable day, Mia and I had stationed ourselves at Reeve’s Slough, an idyllic spot within the refuge. Mia, ever vigilant, ventured onto the fishing pier, her keen eyes scanning the surroundings for potential subjects. And there, against the backdrop of lush greenery and serene waters, she spotted them—two Whitetail Does gracefully moving through the lotus-edged slough, accompanied by an adorable, yet sprightly, Fawn.

A Delicate Feast:

The scene unfolded before our lenses, and we were fortunate enough to capture the essence of the encounter. Both does were immersed in their task, delicately browsing the American Lotus leaves, their heads occasionally lifting to ensure the security of their surroundings.

Does On Alert With Fawn

Does On Alert With Fawn

Frolicking Fawn:

While the Does diligently grazed, the Fawn, seemingly unaware of our presence, darted around with uncontainable energy. Its miniature legs carried it in agile bounds, as if engaged in a whimsical dance with nature itself. However, even amidst its playful escapades, the Fawn didn’t forget its primary source of sustenance—the mother. I was able to freeze a magical moment in time, revealing the Fawn tenderly nursing from its mother, a testament to the strong bond between them.

Fawn Nurses From Its Mother

Fawn Nurses From Its Mother

Reflections of a Wildlife Encounter:

These captivating moments with the Whitetail Does and the Fawn were a true testament to the wonders of the natural world. Witnessing their effortless grace amidst the lotus-veiled slough was a humbling experience. It served as a poignant reminder of the delicate balance that exists in the ecosystem and the importance of preserving such habitats.

A Doe Meticulously Grooms Her Fawn

A Doe Meticulously Grooms Her Fawn

Mia’s Perspective:

If you’re curious to explore another angle of this breathtaking encounter, my talented friend Mia McPherson has shared her own account on her blog. Along with her beautiful photograph, she offers her insights and thoughts on the significance of this heartwarming wildlife moment. Visit Mia’s blog post titled “White-tailed Deer Does And Fawn” to immerse yourself in the full story.

Equipment Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: Canon RF 800 mm F11

Technical Details:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: June 6, 2023 (07:40 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000
  • ISO: 2000 (Auto)
  • Exp. Comp.: +0.3
  • Focal Length: 800 mm