Saturday, June 20, 2009

Scarlet Tanager came back........AND..... not one, not two, but three Baby Deers...

This morning was a little exciting, not only because of this; seeing the Scarlet Tanager again, but because I thought we only had one baby deer, but there really are three. I was just watching from inside the house, as the few times I'd gone out on the deck I scared the mom deer away and along with her went the baby, so this time we watched from inside the house. The deer were in our 'mud puddle' or their water hole drinking as it's pretty warm out today. Then all the sudden I see that there is a second baby, then a third. The were so cute, they were running in and out of the water, chasing each other up the hill and then ran back down into the water again. We watched for several minutes before I couldn't stand not taking a picture any longer. I had to get the camera and sneak out as quite as possible, the opportunity was too good to pass up. And as usual, once I got out there I think the mom sensed me and left, and I didn't see the baby's any more. But a moment later, I did. There were only the two babies, the third must have gone up the hill with mom, and then they made their way back down to the mud puddle to play and I snapped away...

It was during this time I noticed the RED of the scarlet tanager land on the tree above. Quickly I changed my focus and while I didn't get the shots I had hoped for, you know perfectly focused and lighting just right, I did manage to get this which is a little grainy and a touch out of focus but still ok I think to post.


  1. Wow! What a day for photo ops! What an occasion to see fauns play in the wild--PLUS a good view of the tanager. Thanks for sneaking in with your camera to share with us blogger critter lovers. There are probably those who wish the deer would back off and leave their gardens alone, but I am with you on being jazzed about them.

  2. What a great day for taking photos! The baby deer are adorable!! Sometimes we see baby antelope in the hay fields, but usually the moms keep them pretty well hidden. Once in a while we will see the herd of deer that come down to feed in the fields. Great shots!