|One of many Qu'Appelle Valley deer.|
(Crop from 270 mm) © SB
The deer were feeding on grasses exposed by the receding snow, and from our distance, they looked well-fed and healthy... But camera lenses can be misleading, and this is said to have been an extremely harsh winter for wildlife.
These White-tailed deer were entertaining to watch — some appeared completely oblivious to us, as we stood on the road above. Others seemed mildly curious, while a few ran away, white tails flagging a warning.
Oddly, though, in running away from the fields, they ran up and across the incline towards us, as if safety meant their usual route through the wooded slopes of the valley sides — even if that meant crossing the road in front of a car. Our car.
I've noticed small flocks of roadside birds do the same: They see the car, swirl up to flee — and as they rise, they turn and fly towards the vehicle, often flying right at or beside it.
|Two deer watch from the valley bottom. (Crop from 300mm) © SB|
|Distant shot of a group of White-tailed Deer. (From the road, at 200mm) © SB|
What are these? White-tailed Deer (And no, we were not close to them...)
Location: South side of the Qu'Appelle Valley, east of Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo date: April 2, 2013.