Given a choice, I’d take the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge or some private property I can access for wildlife photography. But Blake Nelson certainly has my envy for a photo he got on a Pratt golf course Friday morning.
Not only is it a nice photo of a young fawn, it also shows how nature’s white spotting works as camouflage. The basic concept is to break the animals outline, the same thing we try to do when we are wearing Realtree, Mossy Oak or any other man-made camo.
Fawns naturally hold stone-still, too…that’s the part we hunters often struggle with.
An avid outdoorsman, Blake was smart enough to leave the fawn alone. The doe that had the little deer probably tucked it away in a safe place then left so it wouldn’t draw the attention of predators to the spot. Chances are she returned in a few hours, nursed the fawn and probably moved it to another location.
Watch an upcoming issue of The Wichita Eagle for an article on the problem of people taking fawns they’ve found. It’s often a death sentence for the little deer.