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.
" PHOTO INFORMATION"
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).