Sleeping white-tailed deer in a misty field, something I couldn’t ever imagine to experience.
I had just arrived to a field, where deers regularly eat. It was early, Misty morning in May and I was heading further to a place I knew deers pasture. Suddenly ahead me on the ground was brown hairy ball with two ears and some peaks.
I could not believe my eyes, male deer was sleeping in the ground 10 meters away from me.
I sat quietly down. I was pretty sure that the deer wakes up and leaves. I raised my camera and started to shoot. Click, click. Ears moving. Click, click. The head rises.
The deer realizes my presence and just a second it jumps up and runs away from me.
Just before jumping into the forest deer stops and stares at me. It is a quick glance, then it disappears into the misty forest. I am in a heaven as I was so close to this sensitive and easily escaping animal!
Facts of white-tailed deer
The white-tailed deer is a deer imported to Finland from America in the 1930´s. Nowadays it is widely spread in Southern Finland as there are only few predators (lynx and wolf) that hunt white-tailed deer. The white-tailed deer is important game animal.
The white-tailed deer is most easily identified by its white tail, which it raises when frightened. White tail also warns other members of the herd.
The breeding season of white-tailed deer is in October-November. Calf is born in May and usually one or two calves are born at a time. The calf does not follow the mother, but remains hidden in a plant shelter where its mother goes to feed it.
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