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 of the buck with my Nikkor 200-400mm VR attached to my camera so I decided to take Mule Deer portraits.
Mule Deer bucks are in velvet right now and will be until their antlers fully develop. I wonder how big these antlers will get.
I like that this buck also gave me a few opportunities for profile shots. I love being able to see into those huge, dark eyes.
The surprise was that the first Mule Deer buck 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.
I enjoyed taking these Mule Deer portraits, it isn’t often that I am this close to wild deer.