Saturday 20 December 2014

This was a beautiful moment: a buck and a yearling

A buck has been visiting us, highlighted by the motion sensor floodlight, he arrives after dark. I'm trying to figure out if it is our Tigger from 2010. We'll never know. He doesn't have any scars I can see. Here he is in a video from 11 mos. ago.
I have a few photos of him!

Tuesday, Dec. 16 9:00 p.m.

The ice rain made the tree branches droop

Wednesday, Dec. 17 5:18 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18 7:35

I learned my lesson and had the tripod ready to go! Notice how the branches have lost the weight of the ice.

Friday, Dec. 19 4:30 p.m.

Friday, he surprised me. Hubby was just lying down for his afternoon nap, and I said "If you want to see our buck..." It was so nice of him to arrive just before dusk. I'm thinking it could be Tigger, or his brother, but they are so hard to tell apart. Perhaps, we'll just call him Sir!
Beyond Sir, the meadow
Tigger bounced when he was a yearling. We seldom got bucks before Tigger came around.
He is a handsome one. They only live 3 -5 yrs, on average.
This time he heard something in the forest.
This was truly heartwarming, on a damp, cold night!

Bambi & friend from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Bambi was eating, when he began watching something in the forest. We saw a CoyWolf Wednesday, and wondered what he was watching. Bambi deferred to the yearling. This seems to me to have to be a fawn who is a yearling. Sir was so calm, and deferred to the wee one.
Usually, even the mothers whack away if a fawn is in the way! At 0:48 sec. he sniffed at the babe, and walked away.
His buddy came right up to the feeder. He took off and began eating the bird seed in the front yard.
The females just whack away at the young 'uns. Sir was so gentle.
She just whacked her fawn. 

Saturday's Critters #53


eileeninmd said...

Beautiful buck and a wonderful video.. It is cool seeing the buck and yearling together.. Awesome photos.. Thank you for sharing your post and linking up. Have a happy weekend!

Lovable Derek said...

Super post.

Anonymous said...

Those are adorable photos.

Olga said...

Such beautiful animals.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

These are so beautiful!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

These are so beautiful!

TexWisGirl said...

so beautiful. precious to see them share!

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful series of deer photos ~ tripod on the ready is always good ~ the critters move quickly!

Happy Holidays to you,
artmusedog and carol

William Kendall said...

Such beautiful shots!

Nancy J said...

this is so beautiful, would they be related? or the yearling not his at all? So lovely to see wildlife in your own backyard,....Jean

DeniseinVA said...

How lovely, beautiful animals and I am so happy you shared them with us. Thank you Jenn :)

Red said...

Nice series of photos. It they're looking back in the forest they are usually looking for other deer. Yes, they can also look back for danger.

Latane Barton said...

You were fortunate indeed to get so many nice photos of the deer, Jennifer.

The Furry Gnome said...

I always enjoy your little videos. In fact I'd like to learn how to do that sometime.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous animals! You're so lucky to have them in your backyard.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

beautiful shots and video. Have a great Sunday and a wonderful Christmas week ahead.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
...maybe 'Sir' is Rudolf, who would most certainly be a gentledeer!!! Happy Sunday to you both... YAM xx

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely creatures, how nice to have them visit!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great shots!