White-tailed Deer doe in Glacier County, Montana

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.


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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 to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. 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.

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