Piebald Deer

What a rare sight… and for hunters would be considered a great “trophy”… HOWEVER.. this doe is in a ‘no hunting’ area and protected within those boundaries.

These White-tailed deer are called Piebald, deer that have either white patches or completely white. There are few that would actually survive to be as healthy as this doe, which makes her a true rare and honored sight.

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Piebald – White-tailed Deer | Alice Mary Herden | October 29

The genetic effects of the piebaldism happens when both the buck and doe have a specific genetic code. If it is passed on to the fawn, there’s maybe a 50\50 chance that fawn will develop some type of deformity; bent legs, twisted backbones and/or other abnormalities, however some carry on to live happy and healthily lives.


Links:

https://www.qdma.com/look-inside-piebald-deer/

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Sherman’s Fox Squirrel

These beautiful squirrels can camouflage themselves while laying on branches of an oak tree.

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Sherman’s Fox Squirrel | September 11

Turkey Oak and Longleaf pine habitats are favored for these fox squirrels. The male has a territory around 105 acres and females around 41. Their main food source is longleaf pine seeds and turkey oak acorns.

As the human population grows, their habitat decreases along with many, many other wildlife and plant species.

The Sherman’s fox squirrel is protected as a State Species of Special Concern by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule.

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The Sherman’s Fox squirrel was named after Harley B. Sherman, who was a prolific ecologist, and invented small mammal traps for catch and release studies, which are still being used today. 

 


Links:

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/imperiled/profiles/mammals/shermans-fox-squirrel/

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/100years/shermans-fox-squirrel-and-trap/

http://myfwc.com/media/2738277/Shermans-Fox-Squirrel-Species-Action-Plan-Final.pdf

 

 

White-tailed Deer Close Up

Rarely… I mean rarely are you able to get close to any deer to get some great tight photographs, especially in their natural habitat!

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White-tailed Deer | August 21

Again… right place, right time.

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Thelma and Louise | August 21

I have seen and photographed these two doe’s awhile back, seems like they could be inseparable. Such beautiful creatures, its like they are the symbol of a peaceful habitat.

Still have yet to see a buck.

*** Hunting season begins soon, so please to all those nature photographers out there, be careful.  Find out hunting dates and locations here: http://myfwc.com/


See more photos here: White-Tailed Deer