A chance encounter

Walking around Chesnut Park a few months back, I saw this beautiful buck. He was busy grazing and barely glanced at me.

I then spotted several does nearby. One walked up to the buck and looked like she was going to kiss him? At first the buck kicked at her and she jumped back a little. But then she started grazing near him and kept getting closer.

He let her get pretty close. It was then I realized she had a big sore next to her eye.  It might have been a bot fly sore which is common in deer and squirrels in this park during the summer. He ignored her and she eventually walked off.

As she walked away I saw that she had a big booboo on her knee. She’s having a rough time. Hopefully she will heal.

Chesnut Park on a Saturday morning.

Standing on the observation tower, an osprey saw me and said “Hey, there’s Dina. I’m going to swing by and give her a hug.” or maybe not.  He just banked and kept cruising by.

A juvenile moorhen eating yucky pond grass.

Limpkins were everywhere. Up on the boardwalk and down in the swamp with a snail.

This guy must have gotten a piece of some bad tasting grass.

Trying to hide on a log. Not sure what this guy was but I was using a long lens.

Before Hurricane Irma took down a lot of the trees.

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You are such a “deer”.

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Since Chesnut Park was void of birds in late March, I spent some time walking the far back boardwalk and hanging out with a deer family. I saw the buck and kept my distance. I rarely see bucks here in this park. A ranger once told me they come down to this park from other reserves a little farther north during mating season. Hopefully, I’ll see some little spotted fawns this summer.

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Having a Bambi moment

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I was heading back to my car at Chesnut Park recently and was thinking this was going to be a zero deer sighting trip. I hadn’t seen one all morning. When I got back to my car this lone deer was grazing near my car. She watched me for a minute while I took her picture and then she started walking towards me. I wanted to keep my distance so I hopped in my car and started to drive off. I saw the buck at the last minute. I snapped a quick shot out the  window before leaving.