Holding a deer’s attention in the wild

I find deer to be so alert that I usually can get close and keep them relaxed by letting them see me while I move.  When they are watching me, I can take a couple of steps without causing them to bolt away.  A small flash of movement caught in the corner of an eye or a stray sound will scare both small herds, and larger ones, away.

I did not get particularly close to this pair of white-tailed deer.  I exchanged a few looks as I passed them while on a hike in West Bragg and they were already on alert so I made a couple of images and then continued along the trail that the line dividing Bragg Creek from the edge of Kananaskis Country.   With the rain of the past week, I expect things will start greening up quickly now.  I will get back to this field this weekend of the next one to check on both these white-tails and the foliage.

3 responses

  1. Since I hike alone and quietly I often encounter deer. You really captured their alert curiosity.

    May 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  2. Val

    I expect they’re as curious about you, as you are about them. 🙂
    Beautiful photos.

    May 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

  3. Amazing, Chris! I love seeing deer, but never get to see their beautiful faces as you have shown here. Thank you for posting!

    May 5, 2012 at 7:56 am

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