Winter Whitetails

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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Featured in The World As We See It, or As we missed it.. 6 January 2011

Captured near Springstein, Manitoba, Canada.

Canon XTi, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 OS Av 6.3 Shutter Speed 1/2500 IS0 400 Focal Length 340.0 mm

Whitetail facts:

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.

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