Captured at FortWhyte Alive, our Nature Center on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada…I took this image from on top of Mount Maple Leaf looking down on them, as I peered into the whites of their eyes.
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi w Sigma 150mm-500mm TV 1/200 AV 5.6 ISO 400 Focal Length 320mm.
The World As We See It, or As You See It..15 January 2012
The Whitetail has two seasonal coats. The spring/summer coat is reddish tan, and relatively short, with a thin and wiry hair texture. The winter coat is more grayish or even bluish tan with heavy, long guard hairs and a thick undercoat that provides excellent insulation. White patches are found around the eyes, on the throat, belly, tail (underside), and insides of the legs. When in flight, the large white tail or flag, flipped up in the air can be the easiest way to spot the deer.
During winter, deer will feed on bark, twigs and buds above the snow and will paw through the snow to eat acorns, grass and other vegetable matter. The feeding patterns of deer are affected by the weather conditions, such as snow storms and very cold temperatures. They will generally feed at dusk or during the night, and bed down during the day. Deer are more restricted to areas traveled during winter, staying close to their bedding areas, or “yard”, the deer will rest in “forms”. Forms are naturally occurring hollows among grasses and shrubs. Deer cosy into existing vegetation for protection from the elements.