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Jumping Buck in Velvet
03-JUN-2006

Jumping Buck in Velvet

Whitetails shed their coats twice a year. In the spring, they get a new coat that is a bright reddish-brown, like this one, and the hair solid and thin. As cold weather approaches in the fall this hair is replaced by the winter coat, which shades from bluish to a grayish-brown. The winter hair is long, kinky, and filled with air pockets providing excellent insulation.
Buck deer have antlers for the main purpose of fighting other bucks during the breeding season. Most bucks lose their antlers during the months of December or January. They have nothing but the antler bases, called pedicels, on their heads until April. During this month these bases start to swell with the growth of new cells. Antlers of the deer are nourished externally by a network of blood vessels called "velvet."
Antlers grow at a rapid rate, and the buck is very careful of them. During this growth period the antlers are soft, tender and easily damaged, and the bucks live a retiring life.
By September the antlers reach full size and the blood vessels dry up, split and start to peel off. To hasten the process the buck rubs his antlers against small, resilient saplings and brush.

Nikon D2x ,Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX
1/320s f/10.0 at 160.0mm iso250 with 1.7 TC full exif

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Carol Breton29-Jun-2007 03:44
Buz, this is a wonderful capture! Beautiful exposure, great focus, and a super action shot! Very well done. And, I like the information you provide. V.
Guest 14-Jun-2006 22:55
Nice capture, great action photo!
Robin
carol j. phipps08-Jun-2006 21:24
Alright! you were there and ready! Rich color.
shatterbug08-Jun-2006 04:20
Awesome capture, Buz! Your timing was perfect. V.
Douglas Stucky07-Jun-2006 18:48
Perfect timing!! They are so graceful in flight and you captured it perfectly. vote
poetry66606-Jun-2006 22:14
Great words about the bucks Buz and what a great shot! Stunning.Voted.
Bryan Murahashi06-Jun-2006 16:15
Beautifully captured with nice light and color. Interesting text on their antlers.
Karen Stuebing06-Jun-2006 12:37
Perfect timing. I've seen them jump fences and they are so graceful which you've captured here. V.
QUERIDO06-Jun-2006 11:51
super timing
lou_rozensteins06-Jun-2006 10:11
Excellent colour and details, and thanks for all that information about your deer! I also note that you don't have barbed wire .... does a lot of damage here to kangaroos, etc. Excellent shot.
Elaine (etfitz)06-Jun-2006 02:24
Perfect timing! Great shot!
Guest 06-Jun-2006 01:57
Great capture and interesting text Buz!
Char06-Jun-2006 01:27
Wow!! What a split second capture on that. Excellent shot. v
sandy barbour06-Jun-2006 01:00
Terrific action shot, brilliant!
papajim05-Jun-2006 23:41
Wonderful shot, well timed.
Breland05-Jun-2006 20:42
Great jump capture Buz. How did you get him to do that.
Brinn MacDougall05-Jun-2006 18:49
Perfect timing and wonderful colors, Buz.
Johnny JAG05-Jun-2006 18:44
Spectacular catch.
Bob Foisel05-Jun-2006 17:57
Very nice capture Buz.
Cindy Powell05-Jun-2006 17:51
Fantastic capture and wonderful information. I never knew all of that (and I grew up in deer heaven: West Virginia!)
Rochelle Cardinale05-Jun-2006 17:29
Wow, you do seem to be in the right place at the right time quite often!! Another wonderful capture!
Pepe Zyman05-Jun-2006 17:23
Nice timing!
laine8205-Jun-2006 16:52
Perfect timing, Buz.
Guest 05-Jun-2006 16:47
Another great catch of them hoping the fence! Nice timing.
Peter Stahl05-Jun-2006 16:22
Excellent timing and capture. Great info. GMV.
JD05-Jun-2006 16:08
Superb action shot. Excellent timing. Voted.
petesie05-Jun-2006 15:50
Excellent, Buz, and I appreciate the commentary.
J. Scott Coile05-Jun-2006 15:40
Superb! Excellent capture with amazing detail.
De'Carr Studio05-Jun-2006 15:31
Yes, excellent timing, Buz.
ArminB05-Jun-2006 15:22
splendid timing!
Herb Knufken05-Jun-2006 15:09
Nice image
Katie Chew05-Jun-2006 14:36
Great action shot!
Shayne05-Jun-2006 14:14
Outstanding Buz, great timing, nicely composed ~ voted
Adrian Reilly05-Jun-2006 14:01
Incredible photography Buz. Vote
Glendower05-Jun-2006 13:27
Outstanding image.
Beverly Wickersham05-Jun-2006 13:25
Great action shot, Buz. Perfect timing.
Graham Tomlin05-Jun-2006 12:56
fab regards Helen
Gayle P. Clement05-Jun-2006 12:54
Great action shot. I love that glossy coat.
Jim Gephart05-Jun-2006 12:54
Thanks for the reminder on the antler cycle of the bucks. Great capture. Good composition and saturation.