Montana Outdoors

September 6, 2010

The kids are growing up

Filed under: Animals, White-tail deer — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 8:39 pm

It’s nearly the end of summer, the kids are growing up now and Mom has found the apples.

(Two does and three fawns paid us a visit this afternoon. The fawns are fairly good sized already and I was a little surprised to see they still have all of their spots.)

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Whitetail fawn

Whitetail fawn

Apple eater


  1. Oh, they’re so beautiful! And the one eating the apple, how cute. You’re so lucky to have such a photo op right in your own backyard.


    Comment by Candace — September 6, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

    • Yes, we are lucky and we enjoy every second of visits like this! There are times when it seems like we can’t get anything done though.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2010 @ 12:06 am

  2. Love that last shot (with apple in mouth). We have apple trees around as well (seedlings) and the deer show up every morning and evening to eat. I’m also surprised your little ones still have their spots. Hope they grow some more before winter hits hard.


    Comment by Robin — September 7, 2010 @ 5:30 am

    • The way they are eating, they should be gaining weight. It seemed that the fawns all over this area were late in arriving this year, most of the way through June. If we have a normal fall and early winter they should do just fine. We never know though.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2010 @ 9:01 am

  3. These are really great shots… so pretty!


    Comment by Tricia — September 7, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    • It was very lucky that they stayed around long enough to let me change the lens. They sure are pretty little ones!


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

  4. Great shots! I miss being able to see deer in my yard since moving from the Arkansas mountains to West Texas. It saddens me that there is no wildlife nearby where I live now.


    Comment by Barbara — September 7, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    • I would miss the wildlife too, Barbara. We love having them visit.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

  5. the last one…yes, I know its an apple…but it looks to me like a tennis ball and you are teaching him to fetch.


    Comment by burstmode — September 7, 2010 @ 11:08 am

    • As much as those deer love apples, it would probably be possible to use them for motivation to teach them tricks. Once the apples start to ripen, deer come in every night and often in daytime as well.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

  6. What grace and beauty! When do the spots go?


    Comment by sandy — September 7, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

    • They should be getting into their winter coats in about a month. It looks like their mothers are already going through the seasonal change. By winter, their coats will be more of a grayish color.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

  7. Oh! I love these captures! How very beautiful they are and what a delight for you to see and photograph! The last shot of the deer with an apple in the mouth is just wonderful. Really, these are excellent shots.


    Comment by Anna — September 7, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

    • We enjoy the animals so much and although we see them often they don’t always give me good chances for photos. It was so nice that these little ones came in so close and stayed so long. The doe eating an apple is actually a very common sight this time of year, it’s just that the light isn’t always right for photos.


      Comment by montucky — September 7, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

  8. wish it were so quick and easy for our kids to grow up! and yes, having the kids grow up does seem to cause me to eat more!


    Comment by silken — September 8, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    • All done in about a year. They are much more efficient than we are.


      Comment by montucky — September 8, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

  9. Hi Montucky, Oh, so very sweet! Have an excellent day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 8, 2010 @ 11:33 am

  10. So endearing photos. I love them all. You are very skillful photographer. Thank You showing these.


    Comment by sartenada — September 9, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

    • Thank you! It is pure joy, photographing the fawns (and their Mom)!


      Comment by montucky — September 9, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

  11. How totally adorable. Our fawns still have spots, but don’t let me close enough to get good pictures so I just admire them from a distance and let them be.


    Comment by kateri — September 11, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

    • I’ve seen many fawns this summer, but have not had a good chance for pictures until these came into the yard and stayed around for awhile. They have been back again several times. What pretty little things they are!


      Comment by montucky — September 11, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

  12. I love your deer photos. You have such wonderful up-close shots! We never tire of seeing the deer in our woods. In fact, when one of us spots them, we are both looking out the window within a second! The same goes for the wild turkeys, coyotes & fox. I can’t say the same for the squirrels and raccoons! 😉


    Comment by Judy — January 5, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    • Thanks Judy. We never tire of seeing the animals either. Having them around is one of the big reason we like living where we do. The past few days I’ve had to chase the turkeys out of a front flower bed though: they were really tearing things up! Over the years that we have lived here I think we’ve had all of Montana’s big game animals come to visit except wolverine, antelope and grizzly bear. There are beavers, otters, and muskrats in the river below the house but they don’t come up to the house.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

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