Sleeping white-tailed deer

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.

Sleeping white-tailed deer, Lohja Finland
Sleeping white-tailed deer (ISO 250, 200 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec)

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 white-tailed deer sleeping on a field, Lohja, Finland
The deer notices my presence ((ISO 250, 200 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec)

The deer realizes my presence and just a second it jumps up and runs away from me.

The white-tailed deer laying on the ground, Lohja Finland
Who are you? (ISO 250, 200 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec)

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!

The white-tailed deer escaping Lohja, Finland
Escape (ISO 250, 200 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec)
The white-tailed deer staring Lohja, Finland
Last glance (ISO 250, 200 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec)

Facts of white-tailed deer

The white-tailed deer is a deer imported to Finland from America in the 1930Β΄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.

Thank you for reading my blog!
I live in Finland and post Finnish nature photos in my blog.

Have a great day!
Minna ❀️

8 replies to “Sleeping white-tailed deer

  1. You must have been very quiet! Finnish White-tailed Deer look different than US White-Tailed deer in a few ways. The antlers are not as close for one thing. Here in Colorado we have Mule Deer. They are larger and have big (mule-like) ears. They come to our property throughout the day. These are great captures and I especially like ‘Last Glance’.

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    1. Thank you Denise for your comment! When I realised that a deer was sleeping 10 meters away from me, I sat down very quietly. Unfortunately my camera was not so quiet πŸ˜‚ and the deer realized my presence. Our white-tailed deers were imported 1930’s from North America, I assume from Minnesota. There were four female and one male on the first time and then later on another bunch of four females and one male. It might be that during 70-80 years the look of the Deer has changed a bit😊. Last Glance is also my favorite πŸ™‚ Have a great day!


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