Thursday, 3 November 2016

Deer are on the move: slow down

a fine buck, 2015!
Do you think it is the same one?
Note the colour of the back of his legs.

I have to post my videos for hubby.
I was making dinner, gazing out the kitchen window, and spotted this buck. I called for JB to come and see. Dinner had to wait a moment or two.

This buck is such a stately beast. Just quietly marching around.
They are in rutting season, and don't hang out together. They will soon.
It is hunting season, too.

More deer tails and Whitetail Savvy <= I posted more about this here.

hunting &
rutting seasons
Justin Hoffman, my photographer friend, taught me about deer scrapes. I took a walk to look. To spread their scent, they make a scrape in the ground, urinate on their inner-knee hormone glands (tarsal glands), to spread their hormones and mark their territory. Then, they rub their faces on the overhanging branch to similarly place their scent.

There is lots of deer food still out there: the grass is green in spots, some leaves are on the lilacs and serviceberry. They are just checking things out, just in case.

King of the forest from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Deer selfies! These are momma's twins. I set up this trailcam facing the tree house and backyard shed. I chucked some broken up pumpkin in the trough, but they aren't hungry enough to eat them.
Deer selfie from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.


Debbie said...

their stillness and movements...they know something is there!!! AWESOME videos!!!

William Kendall said...

The deer are impressive, and they're more than aware of the camera!

Red said...

You have a very majestic visitor.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Oh what deights - those trailcams pay their way with images such as these! K and I had to stop on Rannoch Moor for a massive red deer stag - he was trying to get across to a hind but the traffic was too much for him...turned and ran. YAM xx

Powell River Books said...

I put my critter cam away. Woodrats have all gone to bed for the winter, and fortunately none of them are in my shed. - Margy