Monday, January 26, 2015

April Farmer Fred Award 2nd Runner-Up: Changing Season Confuses Whitetail

The photos in this post are my favorites from 2014. Other than deer on the edge of the ice looking for a drink of water, I have not seen this before. This deer was running with a herd. The others veered west as this lone ranger jumped over the cat tails and landed on the ice. By the time he landed and stopped, the deer was alone and wondering what had happened. 
The April Farmer Fred Award 2nd Runner-Up is presented to: 
 Changing Season Confuses Whitetail
Originally published on April 14, 2014
A whitetail deer in the middle of the lake is not a common sight. 
After trotting out to the middle with purpose, he paused to look back. 
He turned to look ahead. 
Then he heard, smelled, and saw what he was looking for. 
The young buck slowed as he approached the edge. 
The lakeshore was water. 
He had apparently leaped onto the ice without noticing that he was now on a floating platform. 
 What to do, what to do? 
When I saw birds, likely settled for the night, jump up, I realized he had friends on the shore. 
You can see them waiting on the right side of the above photo.
By the time our skater was on firm ground, his friends were running ahead, living their wild life in GriggsDakota.

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