As a wildlife photographer, I’m constantly seeking those special moments where I can capture nature’s beauty up close. This past year I was fortunate to have one such moment at the scenic Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Whitetail Fawn Closeup

Whitetail Fawn Closeup

It was early one September morning when I parked my pickup truck and noticed a curious young whitetail fawn buck venturing closer. With my camera set up on a bean bag out the truck’s open window, I was ready to seize the opportunity.

Whitetail Fawn Buck Closeup

Whitetail Fawn Buck Closeup

The fawn exhibited the beginnings of what will likely become a magnificent set of antlers someday. I believe I spotted early antler nubs starting to form in the second photo. What do you think?

With the morning light bathing the fawn’s coat, I was able to get remarkably close and capture the intricate details of this beautiful creature. The refuge provided the perfect backdrop for photographing this special encounter.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Technical Details:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date & Time Taken: September 12, 2018, at 07:28:09 AM
  • Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec. (as automatically determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 2000
  • Focal Length: 400 mm


Capturing fleeting moments like this fawn up close is why I love wildlife photography. It’s a privilege to experience nature’s wonders firsthand and share them with others. I’m grateful that places like Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge exist to provide habitat and protection for incredible animals like this.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I’m always happy to discuss techniques, settings, or simply share my passion for photographing wildlife.

Steve Creek, Wildlife Photographer