On an early summer evening a doe can be seen looking quizzically over a bank with wild native flowers framing her on both sides.
The black-tailed deer gets its name from its black tail. They are the smallest and darkest deer of the three deer species. There are two species of black-tailed deer, the Columbian and the Sitka. The Sitka resembles white-tailed deer and are larger and more reddish than the Columbian black-tailed deer. The Columbia black-tailed deer inhabits the area between Central California to British Columbia and the Sitka inhabits from British Columbia on up.
The color of the coat changes with the season, from a generally reddish-brown in summer to darker grayish in winter. Their weight usually varies, although the larger bucks may be over 140 pounds. The natural life span is 9 to 10 years (17 to 20 yrs. in captivity,) although many live far less since they are either hunted or killed by predators. It is believed that where heavily hunted, bucks live for only about 3 to 5 years.
Taken on June 26/11 at 6:17 pm on south east
Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100-44 L IS USM lens.
Taken at, 1/400’s at f/5.6, 400 mm, iso 800, man wht bal.
Subject distance, 18.1 meters (59.4 ft).
Took photo from inside vehicle, using lens IS. No cropping. Sharpened via using duplicate layer, lightness channel, unsharp mask-amount 35, radius 6, threshold 2).