Coastal Deer In Our Garden 4

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Though commonly known as Coastal Deer locally, they are Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus). What a treat to look up from watering plants and see two young deer in the garden. Rather than them shying away, they came closer, so I pulled the iPhone (camera) out of my pocket and got a few shots, slowly walked over to where we keep the peanuts for the Jays, threw a few to them - munch munch yum. They went up on the bank below the fir trees and ate pyracantha berries, wild sweet pea leaves and certain grasses. In the meantime, I went upstairs for the Canon and luckily they were still in the garden. They grazed for at least a half hour. Sure made my day, even if they were eating the roses (O:

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Comments (7)

Hal Janzen on June 19, 2012

Awesome capture. L/YS Hal

Suzi in Oregon on June 19, 2012

Really good to hear from you, Hal, and thanks! I was thrilled to see these lovely and gentle creatures in my garden. Hope all is well with you (O:

Erik van den Ham on June 26, 2012

What a magic moment that must have been Suzi this close encounter. Such a wonderful portrait! Like

Have a good day, Erik

Suzi in Oregon on June 26, 2012

Thank you so much, Erik - it was magical - I'm still smiling! They are always in the area - elk as well, though the elk stay more to the east side of town. What wonders have you seen lately? Hoping all is well (O:

Erik van den Ham on July 5, 2012

Seen quite a few 'wonders' on my tip to Cornwall (England). I was impressed by the crumbling cliffs of Doverthe beauty of the sleeping Mud Maid and deeply touched by the private concert of the European Robin.

Hope everything is well with you too?

Warm wishes, Erik

Nenad Obradovic on September 27, 2012

Very nice photo Like and favorite on May 16, 2015

Very nice picture, I shoot other deer in may country: Regards fron¿m Costa Rica, Oscar Romero /

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Suzi in Oregon
Coos Bay, Oregon

Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 15, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Suzi in Oregon
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2012/06/15 09:03:09
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 400.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash