I first spotted the fawn in these pictures through a break in the brush. He was out on the floodplain alone, as it at first seemed, but soon enough mom stepped out into the open too. The young fawn followed right behind.
Meanwhile, I did my best to conceal myself for what I was sure was going to be a unique encounter.
The two deer slowly browsed their way across my field of view, presenting some wonderful opportunities for close range photographs as they did. I made myself comfortable and watched their antic for a little over a half hour.
Both animals looked healthy and strong, but after I returned home later that day and reviewed the photographs, I discovered that the little fawn has some kind of health problem. There appears to be black marks and wounds on the fawn’s neck. More concerning is the large lump near the base of the juvenile’s throat. It is not clear to me what is wrong with this little guy. Hopefully an expert will offer a suggestion.
Eventually, I had to move on. When I stood up again, I almost immediately attracted the attention of the doe. She stood at attention looking straight at me. I was sure she was going to bolt.
But instead she did something surprising. She started coming towards me! She took several steps in my direction before stopping to assess the situation again. It was not until I started walking down into the floodplain that the doe and her fawn broke for the woods. And when they went, boy did they go!