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