White-tails are the most wide-ranging members of the deer family in North America and can be found in
most of the United States,
Central America and Venezuela,
Columbia and . Here in Ecuador they tend to weigh in on the leaner
side. Males average 125 lbs and females a bit less than 100 lbs. Key Deer, a
subspecies of the white-tail is even smaller with males maxing out at 80 lbs. Florida
Deer are noted as being crepuscular, meaning they are active at dawn and dusk but I often see them in the
and similar habitat during the daylight. My thinking is that the main predator
of deer in south
is the Florida Panther which is a nocturnal hunter and with few other species
to be concerned with, the deer forage in the daylight. Florida
The deer in the top photo were spotted in the Picayune Strand State Forest, east of Naples, FL. They seemed to smell me before they heard me, and heard me before they saw me. As I carefully approached they raised their white tails and began to trot away. This serves as a guide for the fawn to follow as they flee. It also attracts predators and when the deer stops and the tail is dropped, the predator has now lost the white tail it was chasing.
The deer in the bottom photo was clearly aware of my presence. I proceeded no further. Eight tines in a rack of antlers trumps a 300mm zoom lens. The buck eventually sauntered off.
And as for the deer in the central frame? They were tame and quite possibly the ugliest White-tail Deer I have ever seen.