Fauna

I was visiting Montreal for Flora International, a fabulous show of Art in the Gardens this past July. My associate and I were driving back to our hotel when we spotted the deer hiding in the grasses on one of the side roads. She quickly pulled over, and having my camera already on my lap, I jumped out and went after the deer, seeing two adorable fawns with
the mother.

They flipped their tails and started off back into the deep forest when suddenly they turned saw me and stood still watching me. It was as those they were posing for me and quite relaxed once again even as I approached
closer. Who could resist, I wanted to stay all day with them. I couldn't imagine my luck, finding not just the deer to photograph with one young fawn, but two, just like bookends. I thanked the universe and am so happy to be able to share these photographs of such gentle majestic creatures.

Deer fawnsThis animal is the most widely distributed and the most numerous of all North America's large animals. One or two fawns are born in May. They are able to stand and walk shortly after birth. Newborns are protected by a lack of scent. Their enemies cannot smell them. The mother keeps the young fawns hidden in the thick bushes. Fawns' coats have hundreds of white spots which disappear when they are 3 to 4 months old.

The mother does not stay with the fawns but checks up on them 5 or 6 times during the day to feed them. The young deer stay with their mothers for one or two years.

A buck fawn (young male) has bumps on his skull where the antlers will grow.

When the deer is alarmed it raises its tail like a flag and dashes away. The flash of white fur warns the other deer.

Red Fox I was absolutely delighted to have the cook at our Algonquin Park cabin tell me there was a red fox looking for food scraps near the
woodpile outside at dusk. I sat on the ground waiting outside and found the other cottage guests, from many parts of the world, had
also been informed and were as intrigued as I was.
I was not to be disappointed, in fact I was in absolute awe as this young fox came right up to me! I was so surprised, this was totally unexpected. So unexpected in fact that I had my 300m lens on the camera when I only
required my short lens.
This young fox was so close, honestly, I am sure he would have eaten out of my hand had I been prepared and had food to give him.  The only time this has ever happened to me and I was thrilled. What a beautiful gorgeous coat
he had!

Racoon - Erin Shipley Wildlife Photographer While in Montreal for Flora International, honoured to be part of this garden art artist community for July we were delighted to have our hotel close to a wonderful park on the outskirts of Old Montreal.  While driving through the park after an exciting day, we saw 6 raccoons scampering away. I jumped
out of our vehicle with my camera, and saw a wee raccoon had turned around and being frightened, went up the tree hanging for dear life onto a limb. He was so cute as only a baby raccoon can be. He was curious as he whimpered, wondering I'm sure, how he could now join his family and would this human
hurt him. He gave little baby growls and after taking a couple of photographs I walked away and watched him shimmy down the tree quickly to join the others.
 

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