You Watching Me Watching You

I don’t consider myself a wildlife photographer by any means. My longest lens is only 135mm for goodness sakes, but anyone that lives in Idaho knows that deer are a common sighting, often in people’s own backyard. Those people would consider them a pest since they eat everything in sight and pokes holes in new sod (right Linda?). But I still love seeing anything in nature up close and personal, and that’s what I got this particular weekend when I ventured outdoors on one of the cold days this winter.

This little snuggly looking guy (could be a girl I suppose but he just looks like a boy), was most curious of the person in the bright red coat with a big black object attached to her head. He walked over ever so slowly, closer and closer, over a period of 10-15 minutes. In the background were his parents, or cousins, or aunt and uncle — somebody that had his back in case he needed them. He watched me as I watched him until he eventually tired of me (rude) and off he went as slowly as he had come.

These next two pictures definitely explain the word “camo”.

A while back the article in the paper about bald eagles said “no matter how many times you see one, it’s always spectacular.” It was. The article said “be stealthy” and you might get closer. I was. Then I was distracted by the honking of flying geese … just for a second … but a second too long as the grand bird took flight and I missed it! Dang it! I had to zoom in on my computer to get him this big so he’s grainy for sure.

The culprits.

I also saw blue herons, a falcon, a woodpecker, and quail. Oh, and in case you wanted to know where I saw these critters and want to go there too, it was here.

Megan - February 17, 2011 - 1:30 AM

Wow. How amazing to have him watching you watch him. I agree, looks like a boy. Beautiful!!!

botut - February 17, 2011 - 7:08 AM

We have a ton of deer roaming through our yard. It seems they love what I try to grow in my garden. Somehow your pictures inspire me to permit them to devour my hard work. Too cute.

amandapfeifer - February 24, 2011 - 8:50 AM

gorgeous landscapes!

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