Saturday, June 2, 2012

New Fawn

I see Whitetail Deer fawns every year, but I usually don’t find them when they are this small.  This one can’t be more than a few days old.

The doe left her fawn in an area of high grass in the lawn.  This is one of those areas that I don’t mow regularly.  About two weeks ago I cut the tall growth, raked it up and used it as mulch in the vegetable garden.  There’s not much cover, but it was enough to hide the fawn from a distance.

The fawn has no defenses and relies on camouflage to avoid predation.  Any movement would reveal its presence, so it remains perfectly still.

The color and pattern of the fawn normally blends well with the surrounding vegetation.  The combination doesn’t work as well when the fawn is surrounded by a mixture of exotic lawn and farm grasses.

The fawn’s only visible sign of awareness of my approach was a slow dropping of the eye lids.  That makes sense since the highly reflective eye would be quite a visible attractant.

The fawn was about the size of a small house cat.  There was no really good object to use as a size reference, so I held my open hand about an inch above the fawn’s body.  I could have covered the entire animal with both hands.  I’m sure I’ll see a lot more of this guy before summer is over.

A Camera Critters submission.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Steve...what a cute little guy so ..small...I wonder where mommy was that you could get that close...I would have been expected to get booted in the butt ; }
    I would have thought it was dead being so still..and yes very visible against the green grass!!
    WOW that would be a great experience for me!!
    Grace
    PS Post about the Whip-poor-will..Years back you could hear them in the evening along with hearing the Partridge drumming all morning long in the spring ...I just wonder what happened to them????

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  2. wow! tiny and gorgeous! thank you for sharing!

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  3. How very sweet. And, so interesting that the tiny one knows how to "hide" while Mom is off grazing elsewhere.

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  4. Wow, adorable baby. What a lovely visitor. Great shots, have wonderful weekend!

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  5. Hi Grace. With fawns this young, the mother just parks the kid somewhere while she goes off to eat. She eventually comes back and moves the fawn to a new location.
    It’s been over 20 years since I heard any spring time drumming here. I miss it.

    Thanks Lady Fi.

    You’re welcome Theresa.

    Hi Pat.

    Hi Lois. It reminds me of a scene from “A Christmas Story”. Randy laid there like a slug. It was his only defense.

    Hi Eileen. Hope things are as nice there as they are here this weekend. The weather is perfect.

    Hi Kathy.

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  6. This reminds me of "Bambi" the movie!

    Visiting a little late from Camera Critters, here's my entry, hope you can still take a peek, your comment will be greatly appreciated.

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  7. Hi Rose. He is quite like bambi.
    I saw the picture of Champ. He looks like he's thinking about some mischief.

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  8. Thanks Saun. Sorry I didn't respond earlier. For some reason Blogger routed your comment to the spam box and I just found it.

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