Thursday, September 18, 2008

Why The Deer's Tails Were White

Yesterday I left you with a promise of an explanation of what scared the deer(Deer In My Backyard). Here's the story.

When I noticed them out there, I ran into the house to get my camera. It only took me a few minutes and I was back out there. As I said yesterday, they were wary of me, but they calmed down as they saw I might not be a threat. It was really bright and sunny out there, so I had trouble seeing the view screen of the camera, and it took a little bit to get any pictures.

As soon as I got this picture at the top, a girl from another house came running out. She said something like, "Here we are!". She shot past me and said "Sorry!", and kept right on going straight for the deer. I told her it was okay and to go ahead, because I knew there was nothing I could say to stop her. I don't think she even heard me anyway.

The first thing I thought was, why do girls always have to chase the animals? Then she started throwing bread at them, trying to lure them to her. Of course they ran for the trees. If you look closely at the deer that's looking back, you can tell the direction she was coming from.

I got some of the pictures I wanted anyway. I wanted to see a tail sticking up, and for that she helped out really well. I showed you a picture and explained that yesterday. When I was finished I turned to go back in the house, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw the girl walking back with a disappointed look on her face. Maybe next time she'll hold back a little, and the deer won't think she's an insane attacker. Maybe not.

Something I learned a long time ago, was how to get close to a deer. Animals like this instinctively have a fear of predators. You have to look unlike an attacker. If you keep your arms at your sides and walk slowly, mostly backwards towards them, they will drop their guard. If you raise your arms, they see your hands as claws, and panic.

I tried this all myself, and it works very well. When you get a chance to try it, come back here and tell me about it. I mean it, Slick. Gimme some comments, I'm hungry!

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  1. There's something special about taking wildlife photos in your own backyard. Although the deer can be tough on my gardens I still like when they come visit.

    Bambi Meets Godzilla

  2. I've been waiting for those deer to come back since early summer. I was glad I saw them for that brief time. I wish it could have been a little longer. At least I got the pictures.

    I remember seeing Bambi Meets Godzilla when I was a kid, a long time ago. It was great then, and it's great now. Cool link.