At Rest

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Clifford Dupuis

Great shot Debra. this guy looks quite content and maybe exhausted being this time of the year and all. The composition with the trees and grasses are spot on.

Debra Plett

Thanks very much Clifford. I think you hit the nail on the head. I believe we are at the beginning of the rut here.

Heather Mellon

Very nice portrait of this handsome and healthy looking buck Debra, he has such an expressive face and looks ready for a rest. I really like the mood of this image and that he felt safe in your presence. Well done.

Debra Plett

Thanks very much Heather. I think he was so worn out that he wasn’t thinking straight. I snapped a couple of pictures from a distance and kept moving, didn’t want to upset nature if he had a doe hidden in the bush. He is in the same area as the picture with the four doe resting under the tree.

Yves Langlois

Wow. Beautyful buck Degra. He sure look fat and healthy. The way he look at you let me think he is a friend of yours. I like very much the overall compo with the buck behind dead grass and the evergreen in the back. Would you say he is more than 3 years old.

Debra Plett

Thanks very much Yves. I am not sure if I have crossed paths with this buck in previous years. I am still on the lookout for the one I call the gentle giant. This buck was very very tired and probably letting his guard down a bit. He could have been in a bit of a tussle his antlers had some broken points. I am not an expert but I think he may be three years old or so.

Jane LeBlanc

Great shot, Debra. Nice that he is so relaxed and not stressed by your presence.

Debra Plett

Thanks very much Jane. I think he may have been so exhausted that he let his guard down. Either that or he was staying closing to a doe in the bush.

This big white-tailed buck was extremely tired when we passed through his territory. Lightly snowing, he was curled up with his back to the trees and his nose facing into the wind. He lifted his head for a second and then I guess he did not feel he was in any danger so he continued to snooze under the tree. It is these encounters in nature that bring a smile and warmth to my day.
Taken By
Debra Plett
Taken On
November 5, 2023
white tailed buck birds hill prk manitoba animal deer mammal wildlife antelope elk antler snow plant fawn
  • Focal: 600
  • Lens Model: Sony FE 200–600mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS (SEL200600G)
  • Shutter speed: 0.0015625 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 9

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