From reader Stephen Barnard, taken yesterday evening. (Click to enlarge.)
Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are found only in western North America: here are two photographs, of a male and female respectively, from Wikipedia.
This was a doe with twins born last year.
Any sign of the twins?
Should have said “last breeding season.”
These deer do lay into urban landscaping in Logan. Wire cages around the bushes on elegant lawns of the large ranch style homes.
Deer are pests in an urban or suburban setting (as are Canada Geese), but they both fit in nicely here. I also commonly see moose and elk.
We occasionally have incursions of stray, solitary fallow deer in the centre of Oxford, but always in the wee small hours, when the streets are quiet. Most of them are probably escapees from Magdalen College deer park. It’s quite a surreal joy to spot them, especially if it’s foggy or snowing. Sadly, I’ve yet to see one when I have had a camera on me.
Thanks, Stephen, for the beautiful photo. Such majesty and peacefulness. I put it on my desktop to enjoy it often for awhile.
Nice! Lucky you! What lens was used for the close ups?
Canon 100-400mm zoom at 115mm
I should clarify that I didn’t take the closeups, only the landscape. Jerry found them somewhere on the web, I suppose.
I saw what I thought later were Mule Deer in in New Zealand. I called them “donkey looking things” and they were being farmed. Anyone know what those were? My mother couldn’t stop laughing at me for calling them “donkey looking things” with their eeyore-esque ears heavy in the rain.
If they were farmed they were very likely red deer. Many deer species have been introduced to NZ. In the absence of predators they got out of hand.
Aside: New Zealand is a prized destination for trout fishing. It’s really, really good, known for big brown and rainbow trout. No trout species is native to New Zealand.
Ah thanks – now I can correct the people who mock me.
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