White-tailed Deer doe in Glacier County, Montana

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White-tailed Deer doe portraitWhite-tailed doe portrait – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 800, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

In Utah I don’t often have the opportunity to see and photograph White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) because they have a very limited range here so I was thrilled to have the chance to photograph this doe close up as she fed between the gravel road and a barley field in Glacier County, Montana.

White-tailed Deer doe eatingWhite-tailed Deer doe eating – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 800,+0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I saw several other White-tailed Deer on my recent journey to Montana, this doe allowed the closest approach and I took quite a few portraits of her.

Mia

16 Comments

  1. Patty Chadwick August 20, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Evil iPad turned encroach into encrode…it’s making up its own words again!

  2. Patty Chadwick August 20, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I’m not very good at lip reading, but it looks like she’s saying, “Ooooh! Look! It’s, Mia!” We have a lot of white-tailed deer around here. They are often considered a “pest” because, as humans encrode on their habitat, they tend to feed on the fancy flowers and landscaping these humans cherish. . As the deers’ habitat shrinks, they overfeed on the underbrush, destroying cover, food plants and nesting sites for birds and then they seek food elsewhere…like people’s gardens. Love the golden quality of these images.

  3. Ilze Long August 20, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Your pictures are always superb, and in these I can almost taste the barley in her mouth.

  4. White-tailed doe in a barley field August 20, 2014 at 5:16 am

    […] up a golden hue from the rising sun. This doe eventually came in so close that I was able to take portrait images of it […]

  5. Julie Brown August 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    You caught really nice poses of this deer. Sweet light and color as well.

    • Mia McPherson August 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks so much for commenting Julie.

  6. Tami Vogel August 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I laughed aloud when I saw the deer’s expression on the first photo – love it. They’re great images, Mia!

    • Mia McPherson August 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks Tami, I got a giggle when I saw the expression of the deer in that first image too.

  7. Bob Bushell August 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Beautiful Deer, it looks like its so strange to see one close, but its partly the camera and yourself. Really superb.

    • Mia McPherson August 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you Bob, it was wonderful to be so close to her.

  8. zephyr August 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

    i love these “full on” portraits. Look at that long neck!
    And that sweet nose…and those eyes…

    • Mia McPherson August 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Thank you Zephyr, I’ve always thought that White-tailed Deer have very beautiful eyes.

  9. Stu August 25, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Delightful shots. Love the fine neck detail and her expressions while she eats.

    • Mia McPherson August 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Stu, I was very pleased to get such close, intimate images of her

  10. M. Firpi August 25, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Both frames are amazing, but #2 wins my heart. I think it’s so candid and you’ve got that head on shot and I can really see her eyes.

    • Mia McPherson August 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Thank you Maria, she was very cooperative and allowed me to take make portratis of her.

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