Mule Deer Buck At Bear River MBR – Celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week

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Mule Deer buck in a marshMule Deer buck in a marsh – Nikon D810 f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

A few days ago I wrote that it is National Wildlife Refuge Week and posted some of the birds I have photographed at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. I photograph other wildlife at the refuge and the largest mammals found there are the Mule Deer that can be seen in the marshes. Last fall I photographed this beautiful Mule Deer buck at Bear River MBR in rut as he followed a doe around the frost-covered marsh. He had a nice rack of antlers with several atypical tines.

A Mule Deer buck following a doeMule Deer buck following a doe – Nikon D810 f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The buck basically ignored me and kept his focus on the doe that was ahead of him and outside all of these frames.

Bear River National Wildlife Refuge Mule Deer buckBear River National Wildlife Refuge Mule Deer buck – Nikon D810 f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

As both of the deer headed east and moved further away from where I was more of the habitat that they were in showed in the images that I took.

Mule Deer in a marshMule Deer in a marsh – Nikon D810 f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is a big draw for birders and bird photographers but it is also home to mule deer, beavers, foxes, coyotes, voles, marmots, skunks, weasels, muskrats and other animals.

Everyday is an adventure at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and you never know what you might see.

Life is good.

Mia

11 Comments

  1. Pepe Forte October 19, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Incredible pics Mia. Thanks.

  2. Mia McPherson October 13, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Thank you all for your comments on this handsome Mule Deer Buck!

  3. Bob mcpherson October 12, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Beautiful photos, Mia.

  4. Elephant's Child October 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Oh.
    How beautiful he is.
    How beautiful his environs are.

  5. Patty Chadwick October 12, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Just received my copy of ESTHER THE EAGLE by Christine Gove Berg, with your beautiful portrait of a Golden Eagle on the dust jacket and the cover. It’s a beautiful book! I plan to give the book to one of my grandsons, but will keep the dust jacket for myself…kind of like eating my cake and having it, too….(and I sure do like cake–choc. of course–and Golden Eagles)…

    • Patty Chadwick October 12, 2016 at 11:12 am

      I didn’t mean GOLDEN Eagle…Esther is a BALD Eagle. I’ve got Golden Eagles on the brain because I like them do darned much….it’s still an incredible image….

      • Mia McPherson October 13, 2016 at 6:39 am

        I knew what you meant! 😉

    • Mia McPherson October 13, 2016 at 6:36 am

      I’m happy you will be keeping the dust cover Patty!

  6. Patty Chadwick October 12, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I keep coming back to the muley buck resting in the grass…there is something so peaceful about it….

  7. Patty Chadwick October 12, 2016 at 8:18 am

    What a beautiful, beautiful, healthy looking guy!!! I can’t even imagine any one with a soul wanting to destroy his life, but I know that being so big and beautiful, he was/is a prime target for some assassin out for the “thrill” of killing something.

  8. Liz Cormack October 12, 2016 at 6:52 am

    What a beautiful animal. Definitely different than our White-Tailed Deer.

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