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Mule Deer, 2009
This deer gave me quite a start when he walked up outside the cabin in the Davis Mountains, which is quite the scenic area in general and anyone who can find cheap flights out there should visit sometime for themselves. I was ready with two cameras, including the big 300mm telephoto with a 1.4x tele-converter for some real close-ups.
I believe this was my best night for astronomy pictures. 3/2009 West Texas Astronomy Pictures are at this link
See the 10/2007 Bugs here
Some West Texas Butterflies here
Davis Mountains Scenics
The pronghorn is the 2nd fastest land animal according to wiki, at 61 mph! Three of them were casually dining next to the road as I was heading home, towards Ft Davis on 166. 3/2007
This guy wasn't sure he was happy with a photographer stalking him. I stood up, yelled at him, and threw a rock to convince him I was boss. I wouldn't recommend it to others, as this guy has sharp tusks. Also called a Tayaussa or Musk Hog. Peccary angulatus (Dicotyles tajacu ~ Tayassu tajacu)
A couple more Javelinas: Close-up, and chomping on a plant that would just about sever your leg if you brushed up against it... The Javelina is proving he's tough...
Formerly Davis Mountains Lizard. 4/1/07: (Gil) "It is either the Texas spotted whiptail, Cnemidophorus gularis, or, more likely, its congener the Chihuahuan spotted whiptail, C. exsanguis." Update: definitely a Chihuahuan spotted whiptail
A bunny, how nice :-)
Per Gil: ...a Black-tailed jackrabbit, Lepus californicus. This species is widespread in Texas, and is the only species of jackrabbit that occurs there.
I believe this is a picture of a Robber Fly, with a moth providing lunch. It's on a nylon hammock rope, in case you're wondering.
More Mule Deer
Mule Deer... Check out the ears. Do you see all three?
As you can tell from the picture above, the skies finally cleared very nicely on 3/28/2009 when the deer showed up. Just looking for a bite to eat I think. Scroll down.
He's nibbling at some leaves on a very thorny plant... Delicately!
I was able to get right in tight with the 300mm/1.4x lens combination
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