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Roe fawn in frost.

By justin c

My favourite photographic subject is Roe deer and over the last five or six years I've spent literally thousands of hours watching them and trying to learn as much as I can about their behaviour and trying to pinpoint specific areas of their home range that they prefer to use depending on the time of year and the weather.
I've spent the most amount of time concentrating my efforts on following the life of one particular doe. Initially she was extremely wary, as Roe usually are, but over time and by patiently letting her know I'm there but that I present no danger, she has become very relaxed in my presence. So much so that I frequently have her graze, groom and even lie down whilst I sit quietly, often little more than fifty or sixty feet away.
A personal goal of mine was to photograph her in either snow or a hoar frost.
I finally had my oppurtunity earlier this week when the whole landscape was coated in a stunningly beautiful coating of thick frost.
I made my way to an area where I hoped she'd be, thankfully she was there, along with her seven month old fawn.
She accepted my presence and I was fortunate enough to spend an extremely enjoyable and satisfying hour photographing her and her fawn as they groomed themselves and grazed amongst the frost-coated heather.
This picture shows the fawn with his/her distinctive pale colured eyebrows.
When they're chewing I often like to fire off a small burst of two or three frame to see if I can capture an open-mouthed expression, hence the expression you see here.

Tags: Frost Winter Frosty Deer Kid Hoar frost Roe Roe deer Fawn Capreolus capreolus Grazing Wildlife and nature Roe fawn

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RAUL 8 Italy
12 Jan 2009 12:40PM
Excellent image.

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Shroomer 9 14 167 England
12 Jan 2009 12:42PM
My interest as well Justin, I was lucky last year to be able to get in and watch twin kids from birth. Great subjects and this you have shown brilliantly here with great eye contact and what a beaut frosty setting with the haw frost
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mex Plus
8 27 3 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 12:44PM
stunning image.
12 Jan 2009 12:45PM
great image and a interesting story. Glad u got ur frost.
Regards mrfields
csurry 14 9.2k 92
12 Jan 2009 12:46PM
Good shot Justin, the frost adds and extra dimension
Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
12 Jan 2009 12:50PM
^^ what she said.
12 Jan 2009 12:56PM
12 Jan 2009 12:57PM
simply stunning, the hard work has paid off.
jdenman 8 18 5 Spain
12 Jan 2009 1:01PM
Excellent capture.
Tom_Charles 11 279
12 Jan 2009 1:03PM
Thats what its all about, Justin, investing time, patience, accepting disappointments and returning; getting to know your subjects and just waiting. Wildlife photography in the raw! Im sure you are truly satisfied when the results come in; the excitement and joy and beaming smiles (mostly whilst sat on your own) are indescribable; reward enough! This image is a beauty; has bags of atmosphere and is beautifully exposed. Nothing compares to the feeling of having something so wild connect with you. Full marks!

Shane136 13 63 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 1:09PM
What a super shot

rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
12 Jan 2009 1:10PM
Superb, have never seen a wild Roe deer ever. So privilaged Justin, all the effort worthwhile. Ron.
NeilM 10 England
12 Jan 2009 1:24PM
well captured Justine.

justin c 12 4.8k 36 England
12 Jan 2009 1:24PM
Thank you.
konu 8 31 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 1:54PM
superb shot, strong light
AnnS 9 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 2:29PM
Beautiful. The story makes this all the more special. Thanks for all the effort involved and sharing with us.
markharrop 12 191 England
12 Jan 2009 2:38PM
Thank you for sharing this shot. Very interesting story.
12 Jan 2009 3:36PM
Beautiful - very sharp pic, great DOF.
Maddie 11 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 3:39PM
gorgeous capture Justin.
FredF 10 1 France
12 Jan 2009 3:55PM
superb image.

jayjay52 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 4:38PM
Love this shot. Well done.
Philip_P 11 71 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 4:58PM
Lovely shot & story Justin
ChazB 11 64 3 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 6:10PM
A lovely capture with wonderful light and exposure.
Paintman Plus
10 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 6:15PM
Superb capture and excellent light.

justin c 12 4.8k 36 England
12 Jan 2009 6:16PM
Thank you.
proberts 12 218 4 Wales
12 Jan 2009 6:39PM
Stunning capture Justin.
justin c 12 4.8k 36 England
12 Jan 2009 7:44PM
Thanks Andrew.
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
12 Jan 2009 8:40PM
Beautiful photography from you since I last popped in Justin and this is no exception, just don't know how on earth I missed them despite having you in my favourites (some fav's seem to disappear after a while and can't work out why), far too many to comment on each but have left some clicks to try and catch up.
Geoff. Smile
justin c 12 4.8k 36 England
12 Jan 2009 9:07PM
Many thanks Geoff.
arhb Plus
9 3.1k 68 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 9:22PM
A superb shot Justin, well worth the time and effort you have put in.
discreetphoton 11 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 11:43PM
For me, this is near-perfect. I'd love to see it releasing a little breath. Can't have it all though, can you Wink
Cracking image Justin, and I really admire your perseverance, as the frost on the deer's back really says it all.
albi 12 68 1 England
13 Jan 2009 2:27PM
Nice work Justin, glad all your hard work has paid off...

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
13 Jan 2009 10:00PM
A beautiful image of this roe kid, love the eye contact and frosty surroundings
_ 11 535 4 Virgin Islands, British
14 Jan 2009 6:51PM
I saw the doe shot on another site and thought it was worthy of comment simply because of the light.
This one is just as good but the light is quite different here, being illuminated more by the sun more than by just the frosty undergrowth.

Your Roe shots are always worth looking at and you obviously have a big passion for them.
Next thing to study about them is their nomenclature. Bucks, Does and Kids for roe. Fawns are for fallow

justin c 12 4.8k 36 England
14 Jan 2009 7:46PM
Thanks John.

Yes the deer was high enough on the brow of the hill to catch a bit of early morning sun in this one.

Actually John a young Roe can be referred to as a fawn or a kid, if anything the term fawn is the most widely used.
justin c 12 4.8k 36 England
16 Jan 2009 5:19PM
Many thanks for the H.C. award, I've only just noticed that Smile
25 Jan 2009 7:52AM
Superb capture Justin,.. a man after my own heart... love these animals.. well deserved HC

tripodted 11 31 1 Northern Ireland
25 Jan 2009 9:28PM
I love the way you have framed this shot with the out of focus foreground leading to the deer and the frosted foliage in pin sharp focus. The deer also stands out well against the out of focus background well too.
Congratulations on the HC.
28 Feb 2009 11:42AM
Excellent Justin, perfectly placed in the frame and great depth to the shot with the OOF areas foreground and background. lovely.
justin c 12 4.8k 36 England
1 Mar 2009 1:46PM
Thanks Jon, Ted and Nigel.

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