Yesterday I found a Mule Deer buck in rut following a doe in the marsh next to the Bear River at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge. He is a big buck and has an unusual set of antlers with several non-typical tines on the left antler and one oddly shaped tine on the right side. That tine seemed wider than normal but also had a vertical crack on it.
The Mule Deer buck followed the doe through the lightly frosted marsh as she walked east on the north side of the Bear River. He didn’t pay much attention to anything but her and didn’t turn to look in my direction often. I like the profile of the buck in this frame.
And in this frame I like how this shows more of the deer’s habitat than in the previous images and more of the buck’s body. He is one healthy looking Mule Deer.
This image shows even more of the habitat with the mountains in the distant background plus the buck was looking in my direction. I like how the warm tones of the buck and vegetation contrast nicely from the cool tones of the water and the mountains in the distance.
I felt I also had to share an image of the doe the buck had been following. She paid little attention to the buck as he trailed after her and I am not sure she even glanced in his direction.
I went looking for birds at the refuge but I felt I had to get images of this pair of Mule Deer who seemed to glow in the early light.
Life is good.
There are more images of this buck from yesterday here.