Last One Over The Fence

Mule deer can easily jump a fence. It does take confidence and skill. In this case a small herd of 6 does and one buck encounter a barbed wire fence. Five does jump and one goes under. They also get plenty of practice since the ranches and range lands are cluttered with fences in Summit County, Colorado. Some landowners, considerate of the wildlife, will remove the bottom strand to allow wildlife to move easily under the fence. If only that were the case for all ranchers and fences. No doubt, this one deer will eventually learn to jump over the fence.

Under the Fence

Under the Fence

The buck patiently watches and waits until all of its herd members have cleared the fence. Then it easily jumps over the fence to lead the herd across Ute Pass road, over another fence, then out into the range land in search of grazing vegetation.

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All Clear?

          Canon 7D Mark 2, Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 Mark 2, 1/2000 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800

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        Canon 7D Mark 2, Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 Mark 2, 1/1600 sec, f/8.0, ISO 640

On another occasion and location last spring, I was able to capture on video a small herd of mule deer jumping a fence. All it takes is one to start:

Follow the Leader

 

~ by richardseeley on January 7, 2016.

5 Responses to “Last One Over The Fence”

  1. Hi Rich,A nice sequence of the deer crossing the fence. I see you are enjoying the slopes again this yearas well as taking wildlife shots. I haven’t done a lot of photo work so far but did make it to Squaw Creeklast month and hit the Snow geese migration on time this year.I am going to try the Sony a6000 mirrorless camera for some light weight travel photography.Will be going to Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica and other places in the area on cruise in late March.Didn’t want to drag the big Nikon SLR and lenses etc. on this trip. I’ll let you know how I like it.I’ve read good things about the Sony A mirrorless cameras and lenses. I hope they are right.Keep in touch,Rod

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  2. So graceful….beautiful!

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  3. Hi Rich,
    Thanks for the pictures – really enjoyed them. Best to you and Beth in 2016 and we hope to see you on the slopes!

    Best,
    Paul

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