Evening photo: Deer near Hamilton, Ontario

Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area, Hamilton. By reader Bataviawillem.

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  • Xavier

    Is deerburgar halal?

  • AlanUK

    Hi Bataviawillem
    Great photo, esp. with the dear looking straight at you. I like the head slightly on one side and looking like it was asking the question about you!
    Out if interest:
    What sort of deer is it?
    Male or female (in the UK some of our female deer have antlers)?
    How close was it – or were you in a hide?

    • Frau Katze

      He said he was pretty close, like 25 ft, and it was a bit scary.

    • Bataviawillem

      They are mostly with the head down eating but when they look up its almost always straight at you.

      Only after hanging around for 20 min. or more they look at other things.

      This is a white tail deer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-tailed_deer and a male, these females don’t have antlers.

      When I took this photo it was about 60 ft. or more away.

      A hide is not necessary.

      This being in a conservation area the animals are not afraid of people, this one actually started to close in, and at 25 ft or so I backed out rather quickly, due to the antlers, it’s size (twice my body weight) and that I could not remember if it was mating season.

      This conservation area “Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area” is only a 5 min. drive from my house and is on the edge of Hamilton, Ontario, and whenever I go there I find deer within half an hour or so,

      People think that one has to go way up north and spend days to find deer, but the easy place to find them is close to the city.
      Hope this helps.

      Willem.

      • AlanUK

        Thank you for taking the time to reply!
        I envy you. As a crowded island we have few wilderness areas although some beautiful scenery and wildlife.

        We have six free living species of deer in great Britain although only the Red deer and Roe deer are truly native to this country and even their populations have, over the years, been heavily ‘subsidised’ by introductions from elsewhere. All the other
        British species are completely ‘exotic’.
        Fallow deer (the only UK deer with palmate antlers) almost certainly were brought to this country by the Normans.
        Three Asiatic species, Reeve’s muntjac, Chinese water deer (with long canine (?) teeth) and sika deer, were originally introduced towards the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.

        AFAIK, white tailed deer are unknown. The most likely place you will see deer outside of zoos is country houses open to the public and on farms – some deer farming is practiced in the UK. Of course, there are wild deer but they tend to be harder to find.
        Happy shooting (with the camera …)

  • DMB

    There are lots of deer as well along cootes paradise and around the escarpment in Hamilton as well.