Mule Deer Portraits

While out on Antelope Island State Park the other day I spotted a Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) that was almost hidden by tall grasses and stopped to get some images. When the deer moved away from the grasses I realized it was too close to get full body shots with my Nikkor 200-400mm VR attached to my camera so I decided take portrait shots.

Mule Deer Buck head onMule Deer Buck head on – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Mule Deer bucks are in velvet right now and will be until their antlers fully develop. I wonder how big these antlers will get.

Side view of a Mule Deer buck in velvetSide view of a Mule Deer buck in velvet – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I like that this buck also gave me a few opportunities for profile shots.

Atypical Mule Deer buck in velvetAtypical Mule Deer buck in velvet – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 300mm, natural light

The surprise was that the first mulie wasn’t alone, shortly after I started photographing this buck stood up, it had been completely hidden from my sight.  This buck’s antlers are atypical, I think he looks jaunty.

Mia

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing birds. My approach is to photograph the birds without disturbing their natural behavior. I don't bait, use set ups or call them in. I use Nikon gear and has multiple camera bodies and lenses.

11 Comments

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  2. One of my favorite animals, what beauties! Love the close-ups!

  3. Great portraits! It’s really cool to see those fuzzy antlers close up!

  4. Wonderful1! So tender.

  5. Lovely closeups!

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