Phil and I saw this guy on one of our morning macro shoots during the 2015 Davis Mountains trip (from which we have astronomy and daylight pictures) It's a "threatened" species found in the Davis and Guadalupe mountains of West Texas! We've saw a number of them on the 2015 trip, which is good news then. Not sure what's hanging from the bottom of his mouth, perhaps part of his last meal?
Mule Deer, 2009. This guy gave me quite a start when he walked up outside the cabin in the Davis Mountains. I was ready with two cameras, including the big 300mm telephoto with a 1.4x tele-converter for some real close-ups. Nice blue sky background. The day I captured the mule deer image was my best night for astronomy pictures.
He's a real pretty boy! From the West Texas Bird page.
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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?
Greater Short-horned Lizard
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.
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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