Fighting in the fields
I was roaming the gravel roads east of south of Cochrane on the weekend. As dusk started to fall, I found a small herd of white-tailed deer in the middle of a field. There were two bucks standing apart from four does. The smaller male was prancing about a bit so I put on my longest lens and waited to see if anything would happen. We are still in the middle of the rut so I was hoping they might do some antler jousting.
And, as it turned out, they did. They clashed a couple of times with antlers cracking while they tangled head to head. The battle was short, frenetic and I felt very lucky to watch this moment play out.
After this skirmish the smaller one darted away and they stood apart for a minute before moving up a fold in the hillside back towards the seemingly unimpressed does.
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wow, nice shots .. really fun out there
October 24, 2014 at 1:20 am
The antlers of one are so close to the other’s eye. Vicious and vulnerable. great shots.
October 16, 2014 at 11:46 pm
Stunning images, Chris!
October 15, 2014 at 1:06 pm
The silhouette of these deer are wonderful! Beautiful photograph.
October 15, 2014 at 6:42 am
Wonderful when they perform on cue like that.
October 14, 2014 at 11:28 pm
How fortunate, Christopher. I know things like this don’t just fall into your lap, you put yourself in the right place for that fortune to find you. I think the first was taken a split second before the last. What a great series.
October 14, 2014 at 9:19 pm
Great photos and glad the fight was over quickly!
October 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm