Thursday, October 6, 2016

Young Buck

For several months one of my camera traps in the Big Woods has captured photos of a young buck with distinctive antlers. He’s now 18 months old, more or less equivalent to a teenager in human terms. 

Throughout the summer and early fall he’s been hanging around with his mother and sibling. The camera trap has captured many, many photos of him – far too many to keep them all.

I’d never actually seen the young guy until one extremely cloudy morning not long after dawn when I walked along an old woods road. Movement to the side of the road caught my eye, and there he was –

Just as he apparently was never frightened by the flash of the camera trap, he didn’t demonstrate any fear as I stood less than 100 feet away and photographed him.  Unfortunately, the light level was so low that the hand-held photos were taken at 1/25 of a second at an ISO of 6400 and so are of poor quality.

Young bucks normally leave their mother’s home range when they disperse to find a territory of their own, so I’ve probably gotten the last photos of him.


Lady Fi said...

Marvellous shots of the young deer.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful captures of the young buck! He is handsome. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your weekend!