A mature Black-Tailed Doe grazes among tall native wild Daisies and grasses. It’s hard to see by the size of the pic, but she clearly has an utter and likely has a fawn or two bedded down somewhere hidden waiting for her return to feed them.
It is normal habit for does to leave their young by themselves as they go elsewhere to graze. A fawn’s instinct is to lay still when its mom is away and this helps protect it from the unwanted attention of Bears, Cougars and Wolves.

It is important that if you see a fawn laying by itself to leave it alone. Mom may not be seen, but she is very aware of where she left her fawn and she will be back to feed it when she feels safe that the area is clear of predators.


Taken on June 26/11 at 4:23pm on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400 L IS USM lens.
Tripod, Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead.
Taken at, 1/640’s at f/5.6, 400 mm, man wht bal 6550 kelvin, iso 800.
Subject distance, 30.3 meters (99.4 ft).
No cropping, histogram adjustment and sharpening via lab mode, lightness channel, unsharp mask ( amount 35, radius 5, threhold 2).


deer, doe, blacktail, black tailed deer, daisies, flowers, fields, country, rural, bc, british columbia, nature, wildlife, summer, animals, vancouver island, islands


  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful Shot!!

  • Thank you so kindly RavenSoul! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture, Sandy~Lynn

  • Thank you so much Lynn! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Sandy, looks wonderful stood in the field of Daisies.

  • Thank you so kindly Mark! If there had been no daisies present, I would likely not have shared this photo. lol : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work,


    – Sandy Stewart

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 3 years ago

    fabulous capture my friend – beautifully observed too


  • Awe,….thank you so much Maggie! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Robert Miesner
    Robert Miesnerabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture of this doe! The field of daisies is a wonderful classic environment to catch a deer in. Looks like the deer are just posing for you lately. ;) I like how you caught this one with a blade of grass that she is chewing on also. Excellent work and a sure fave!

  • Awe,…..thank you so kindly Robert! She only stuck around for a short time before heading off into the woods where my friend and I thought she had her fawns bedded down. : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Sue Ratcliffe
    Sue Ratcliffeabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful image!!!

  • Thank you so much Sue! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaabout 3 years ago

    Superb capture, Sandy.Nature at its best, what a beautiful Black-Tail:) I had twin Whitetails born in my tree garden, a big storm was coming in, I left them alone as they were lying down in the tall grass. Mother doe wasn’t to be seen but I knew she would return. In the morning they had gone on their way. I was so thrilled to have seen them:) A fav for me. Cat:)

  • Awe,…what a wonderful experience to have them in your tree garden, even for just a little time! Many kind thanks for your kind words Cat! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture and setting!!

  • Thank you so much Beve Brown-Clark! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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