White-Tailed Deer

The white-tailed deer a peaceful animal that lives within Florida’s beautiful habitat.

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White-tailed Deer hiding in the brush

Habitat: Woodlands and open prairie
Life Span: 4-7 years in the wild
Range: One square mile

When photographing the white-tailed deer you can not overlook the massive amount of ticks that are clustered around their face and ears. This has to be so uncomfortable for them.

Photographers: There can be a possibility to get close for a great photograph with your zoom or telephoto lens, a 300mm to a 800mm. When you see a white-tailed deer grazing, just be patient, be quiet and move very slow. Stand there for a moment, as they continue to graze, take a couple more steps forward, stop, wait a moment and continue to get the deer within your frame.

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White-tailed Does | May 2018
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White-tailed Doe | May 2018
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White-tailed Deer | August 6

I have been photographing at Chassahowitzka WMA for many years and I have yet to see a buck. Surely that is on my photo bucket list!


Links

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Florida_Panther/wah/wtd.html

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/mammals/land/deer/

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Hanging Thieves

Now this guy is in the Robber Fly family and what make it unique is they have a ability to hang by its forelegs while consuming their meal.

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Hanging Thieves | Robber Fly 

This is definitely one insect I would love to photograph in action. This photo was taken near a pond.

Habitat: Damp, Woodland (not confirmed)


Links:

https://bugguide.net/node/view/4600

The Florida False Sunflower

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Florida False Sunflower

Earliest collection, according to the Atlas of Florida Plants, was June 1928 near Sebastian Florida by John K. Small.

Habitat: Sandy soil growing around Longleaf Pine, Turkey Oaks, Saw Palmettos
Bloom: June-July
Height: Up to 3 feet tall
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, and other insects

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Florida False Sunflower

 


Links:

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?ID=2316