Mule Deer buck on Antelope Island

Mule Deer buckMule Deer buck – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light

Two days ago while looking for birds to photograph on Antelope Island State Park this Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) came into view. Their velvet is gone from their antlers and rut will soon be in full swing. Last year every time I saw two bucks fighting they were too far away to get presentable images, maybe this year the action will happen a little closer.

Muley on a rocky hillsideMuley on a rocky hillside – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 200mm, natural light

There are many older bucks on the island with larger racks but I think this Muley is quite regal looking and this buck won’t stop here.

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.

8 Comments

  1. Great framing and backgrounds on both of these!

  2. He certainly is a handsome buck! Great captures, Mia!

  3. He surely is a handsome fellow. Here’s hoping you “bag” a few this fall.

  4. Nice one Mia, I love to see them.

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