We have had a brief lull between frigid cold and driving snow/sleet, and I took the opportunity to take a walk in the woods out beyond the backyard. I didn’t get far before I saw the flash of white-tails disappearing into the denser stand of trees. So I followed them. Since the snow was old and crusty, my boots were very noisy as I crunched along in the ruts left by numerous deer and humans on the path. Not the greatest conditions for sneaking up on wildlife. But the deer actually didn’t seem to mind my approach and pretty much stood around in the same spot, foraging or chewing on what had been foraged, for quite a while.
This was a small group of does and young of the year, who seemed unafraid of me even as I approached within 50 feet, close enough that I didn’t really even need the telephoto.
I have always thought all white-tailed deer looked alike, but getting so close to these youngsters allowed me to see some distinct differences.
Fawn #1 has a more reddish coat color, a large white throat patch, and whitish hair around its eyes. Fawn #2 has the same whitish hair around it eyes, and long reddish hair along the sides of its body, but less of a white throat patch. I wonder if they are the fawns of this doe? They stayed fairly close by her at all times.
Fawn #3 had dark hair around its eyes, and its coat was much browner than the other two. It foraged alone, independent of the other does.
When I turned around to leave this happy group (because my toes were getting numb), the two fawns that I think might be twins followed me. Although I don’t like the idea of feeding these deer, I wished I had some treat to give them for letting me invade their herd for a short time.