Tag Archives: White-tailed deer

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Early Autumn In The Wichita Mountains

A selection of photos made from late September through mid October, 2014 in Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.

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White-tailed Doe Before Sunrise on September 24th
White-tailed Doe Before Sunrise, September 24th
Bull Elk
Bull Elk
Bull Elk Bugling Shortly After Sunrise
Bugling Bull Elk, Shortly After Sunrise, September 24th
Elk Cow At Sunrise On September 25th
Elk Cow At Sunrise, September 25th

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Bull Elk, early Morning October 3rd
Bull Elk, Early Morning, October 3rd
Lone Bison Bull, Late Afternoon, October 3rd
Lone Bison Bull, Late Afternoon, October 3rd
Near Sunset, October 3rd
Near Sunset, October 3rd
Granite Boulders Just After Sunrise, October 4th
Granite Boulders Just After Sunrise, October 4th
White-tailed Buck, Early Morning October 4th
White-tailed Bucks, All Early Morning, October 4th

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Bull Bison, Morning, October 4th
Bison Bull, Morning, October 4th
Maximillian Sunflowers, Mid-morning, October 4th
Maximillian Sunflowers, Mid-morning, October 4th
French Lake Before Sunrise, October16th
French Lake Before Sunrise, October16th
Bull Elk, Early Morning, October 16th
Bull Elk, Early Morning, October 16th
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White-tails And Cottontails

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White-tailed fawns and moms and eastern cottontail rabbits photographed in Boiling Springs State Park.

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These deer photos were made from July 2nd, through July 23rd, 2014.

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Does often hide their fawns in tall grass while they are foraging. if you find a fawn like this please leave it alone, its mother is almost always nearby and it is not abandoned and in need of rescue as some people assume. This one is old enough to easily outrun a person, however.
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When white-tailed deer run, they often hold their tails high. They will also move their tails while holding them high to warn other deer of danger. This is probably the origin of the term “high-tailing it”.

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Fawn With Yearling Buck
This fawn and yearling buck are grazing in dew covered grass.

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Fawns can often be seen chasing each other or running just for the fun of it. Of course they are preparing for the day when they may need to outrun a predator.
Fawns can often be seen chasing each other or running just for the fun of it. Of course they are preparing for the day when they may need to outrun a predator.
This fawn is cleaning its tail.
This fawn is cleaning its tail.
Deer are most commonly seen in early morning and near and after sunset. All of these photos were made in early morning.
Deer are most commonly seen in early morning and near and after sunset. All of these photos were made in early morning.
This fawn was chasing its mother trying to nurse, but she kept running away.
This fawn was chasing its mother trying to nurse, but she kept running away.

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White-tailed deer both graze and browse.
White-tailed deer both graze and browse (eat leaves and fruit growing on trees and shrubs).

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The eastern cottontail is the most commonly seen rabbit in Oklahoma. The swamp rabbit can be seen in eastern Oklahoma and the desert cottontail can be seen in the panhandle.
The eastern cottontail is the most commonly seen rabbit in Oklahoma. The swamp rabbit can be seen in eastern Oklahoma and the desert cottontail can be seen in the panhandle.
More cottontails have been seen here than in the past several years, probably because the extreme drought is lessening.
More cottontails have been seen here than in the past several years, probably because the extreme drought is lessening.
This cottontail is nibbling grass among gaillardia or indian blanket, which is Oklahoma's state wildflower.
This cottontail is nibbling grass among gaillardia or indian blanket, which is Oklahoma’s state wildflower. These cottontail  photos were made June 30th and July 21st, 2014.

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Field Sparrow

Winter 2013-14 in Boiling Springs

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Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

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Winter 2012-13 in Boiling Springs State Park

 

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White-tailed buck photographed 12-25-12
White-tailed buck photos made 12-25-12.

_IGP4905There is no need to feel sorry for white-tailed deer in cold, snowy weather. The hollow hairs in their winter coats insulate so well that not enough heat escapes their bodies to melt snow falling on them.

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_IGP4875White-tailed doe photos made 2-12-2013.

Yucca Plants
Yucca plants photographed 2-20-2013.

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Buttonbush Leaf and Seed-pod
Buttonbush leaf and seed-pod and the preceding six photos made on 2-21-2013.
This and the following photos made on 2-22-2013.
This and the following photos made on 2-22-2013.

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Boiling Springs Bucks 2011

White-tailed bucks photographed in Boiling Springs State Park, Oklahoma from November 10 through December 6, 2011.

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_IGP0417Early morning light adds a beautiful warmth to the color in this image. The frost on the grass in the shaded foreground has not yet melted.

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_IGP0464This one has a nice symmetrical 10-point rack.

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_IGP0683During the rut, bucks are active night and day and get very little rest.

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_IGP0768Ouch! This one has gotten too close to a porcupine. Note the five quills stuck to the left side of his face. Believe it or not, porcupines are not unusual in northwestern Oklahoma.

_IGP0887A light snow has blanketed the park on the morning of December 6, 2011 and the rut is almost over for another year.

A New Crop of Whitetails

Boiling Springs State Park is home to a new generation of white-tailed deer each summer. The summer of 2011 has been extremely hot and dry and has affected the condition of some of the deer.  The does especially seem a little more skinny than usual, having an extra or (usually) two extra mouths to feed. They also spend less time in the open and disappear into the shade of the woods sooner as the heat rises earlier than in cooler years.

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_IGP9373This doe is giving her fawn a licking.

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