Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Wee Little Spotted One

Spotted fawn (c) John Ashley

Lots of little big-eyed spotted fawns around the woods right now. While the youngsters are still relatively small and slow, mom stashes them in thick grass or brush where they lay hidden while she goes off to feed somewhere, sometimes out of sight and fairly far away. Then the doe returns with a careful, watchful approach. When the coast is clear the fawn leaps up and starts nursing while his mom stands guard.