Mule Deer Portraits

While out on Antelope Island State Park the other day I spotted a Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) that was almost hidden by tall grasses and stopped to get some images. When the deer moved away from the grasses I realized it was too close to get full body shots with my Nikkor 200-400mm VR attached to my camera so I decided take portrait shots.

Mule Deer Buck head on

Mule Deer Buck head on – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Mule Deer bucks are in velvet right now and will be until their antlers fully develop. I wonder how big these antlers will get.
Side view of a Mule Deer buck in velvet

Side view of a Mule Deer buck in velvet – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2500, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I like that this buck also gave me a few opportunities for profile shots.
Atypical Mule Deer buck in velvet

Atypical Mule Deer buck in velvet – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 300mm, natural light

The surprise was that the first mulie wasn’t alone, shortly after I started photographing this buck stood up, it had been completely hidden from my sight.  This buck’s antlers are atypical, I think he looks jaunty.

Mia

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