Yosemite_Deer_Birds

This page displays images of Mule Deer in the meadows of Yosemite Valley taken at
dawn, mid-day, sunset and dusk in March, May and June, and a Brewer’s Blackbird, several
Steller’s Jays, an Anna’s Hummingbird and a White-Headed Woodpecker taken in March and May.

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Mule Deer in the Valley meadows, Hummingbirds, Steller’s Jays, etc.
Golden-Mantled Squirrels, Ground Squirrels and a Tioga Pass Marmot

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Mule Deer in Cook’s Meadow on a cold dawn in March.

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A Mule Deer buck sniffs a doe in Cook’s Meadow at dawn.

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Mule Deer browsing in Cook’s Meadow at dawn.

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Mule Deer Dawn Portrait 4744
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Close portrait of a Mule Deer buck in March.

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Mule Deer Dawn Portrait 4752
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Close portrait of a Mule Deer doe in March.

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Mule Deer in Velvet 1980
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A Mule Deer buck in Stoneman Meadow, with antlers in Velvet in June
(Velvet is a vascular coating which nourishes the deer’s growing antlers).

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Mule Deer in Velvet 1977
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Mule Deer in Velvet 1991
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A Mule Deer buck browsing in Stoneman Meadow in June. Note the black tip on the deer’s tail.
Mule Deer, or Black-tailed Deer are named for their large mule-like ears. The differences between
the Black-tailed Deer and White-tailed deer are the size of the ears, the color of their tails, and the
fact that Black-tailed Deer’s antlers are bifurcated (they fork as they grow rather than branching off
from the main stem). The antlers begin to grow immediately after mating season in the spring, just
after the old antlers are shed. The Mule Deer is also generally larger than the White-tailed Deer.

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Mule Deer in Velvet 1992
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A Mule Deer in Velvet relaxing in Stoneman Meadow in June.

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Mule Deer in Velvet 2031
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This close portrait highlights the large mule-like ears.

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Mule Deer in Velvet 2033
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Yosemite deer are very calm around people.

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A portrait of a Mule Deer doe in Ahwahnee Meadow at dusk.

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Mule Deer Ahwahnee Meadow Dusk 3653
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The Mule Deer in Yosemite are so used to people that they can be approached closely, and
often they will approach people on their own, as they have no expectation of danger. This deer
was encountered while I was bringing a group of photography students back from Mirror Lake,
and it presented the students with an opportunity to shoot wildlife up close in difficult light.

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Mule Deer Ahwahnee Meadow Dusk 3656
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A close portrait of a Mule Deer in Ahwahnee Meadow at dusk.

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Mule Deer Ahwahnee Meadow Dusk 3664
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The deer was browsing on the lush grass of the meadow. Mule Deer prefer woody vegetation and
berries more than grass, but in the spring and summer they eat far more grass than at other times.
In the winter, the deer forage on conifers, twigs and shrubs. Their favorite food is California Lilac
and the other shrubs in the genus Ceanothus, sometimes known as buckbrush or deerbrush.

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A Mule Deer doe browsing in Ahwahnee Meadow at dusk.

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This deer was a superb photography subject, but eventually the clicking caused her to move on.

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Mule Deer Mirror Lake Trail X0308
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One day, while wandering in the woods below Mirror Lake, I encountered a Mule Deer doe and decided to follow her. These shots were taken with a 55mm manual macro lens (it was an overcast evening and I was shooting plants).

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Deer Pee in Woods X0317
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It turned out that the doe was looking for a spot to relieve herself. This image provided the mate to a shot acquired by one of my students which proved the old question: “Does a Bear **** in the Woods?”. These two images were the source of all sorts of laughter and comments as you can imagine.

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Mule Deer North Pines HS9288
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A Mule Deer in the North Pines crosses the Curry Stables Road at the approach to the Sugar Pine Bridge.

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Mule Deer North Pines HS9289
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This road passes through the woods from Curry Village and the campgrounds to the Mirror Lake Trail.

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A group of Mule Deer browsing a field of Lupines in a North Wawona meadow at dusk.

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Mule Deer browsing a field of Lupines in a North Wawona meadow at dusk.
These were taken while I was exploring the area above the Wawona Hotel.

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Mule Deer browsing a field of Lupines in a North Wawona meadow at dusk.
This group and the portraits below were all taken with a 300mm lens at f/2.8.

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Close portraits of a Mule Deer doe in North Wawona at dusk.

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A Mule Deer doe browsing in North Wawona at dusk.

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Mule Deer at Sunset Wawona Hotel 2705
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A Mule Deer buck encountered just before sunset in front of the Wawona Hotel.
I followed him towards his companions in the forested meadow just to the east.

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Mule Deer at Sunset Wawona 2709
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In the forested meadow east of the Wawona Hotel, I encountered a group
of Mule Deer in the exquisite dappled light which occurs just before sunset.

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Mule Deer at Sunset Wawona 2718
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A Mule Deer buck approaches a group of younger bucks in a Wawona meadow just before sunset.

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Young Mule Deer bucks in a meadow just east of the Wawona Hotel near sunset in spring.

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Mule Deer at Sunset Wawona 2741
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The older buck was interested in the clicking sound, and stared directly into the big black eye of the lens.

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A young Mule Deer buck watches an older buck with interest, while the older buck
stares directly into the lens. This is a resized detail crop from the left side of the image.

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Mule Deer at Sunset Wawona 2753
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The young buck on the left seemed extremely interested in the camera.

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Mule Deer at Sunset Wawona 2755c
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Two detail crops of the expressive young buck on the left side of the group.

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Mule Deer at Sunset Wawona 2759
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The expressive young buck and one of his totally relaxed companions. Several other
images are shown below of this group of Mule Deer in a Wawona meadow at sunset.

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Mule Deer at Sunset Wawona 2768
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This group of shots taken in the dappled light near sunset are among
the most beautiful shots of Mule Deer I have had the pleasure to take.

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Mule Deer at Sunset Wawona 2776
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Mule Deer at Sunset Wawona 2779
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Mule Deer at Sunset Wawona 2773
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Mule Deer in a Wawona meadow, taken near sunset in May.

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Spiny Caterpillar Mirror Lake Trail 3989
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Spiny Caterpillar Mirror Lake Trail 3995
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A Spiny Caterpillar on a paved section of the Mirror Lake Trail between the Ahwahnee Hotel and North Pines.
I have had a difficult time finding out what type of caterpillar this is, so if you happen to know, please contact me.

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A male Brewer’s Blackbird at Mirror Lake (males are black with greenish-blue highlights,
a starkly-staring yellow eye, and an iridescent purple head... the female is grayish brown).
They eat fruit, seeds and berries, insects and the occasional wandering Spiny Caterpillar.

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An azure, blue and brown Steller’s Jay perched on a branch decorated with Wolf Lichen
near Mirror Lake in March. Steller’s Jays live in conifer forests and like hanging around near
campgrounds and other places where humans are. They are quite aggressive about snatching
food, and they beg with very loud calls. They seem to want to eat (and steal) any kind of food.

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An exceptionally attractive Steller’s Jay perched on a branch near Mirror Lake in March.

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Steller’s Jays were first discovered by the German naturalist Georg Steller on an Alaskan Island in 1741.

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A Steller’s Jay perched on a branch at Mirror Lake, waiting for a human to drop a raw peanut (their favorite food).

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A Steller’s Jay stops by to visit a friend at a Ranger’s cabin between Yosemite Village and the Yosemite Falls Trail.

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A Steller’s Jay perched on Manzanita near Mirror Lake in March.

Pacific Steller’s Jays have azure markings on the head and azure
primary feathers and tail, with duller blue feathers on the rest of the body.

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A Steller’s Jay perched on a lichen-covered branch at Mirror Lake. The Steller’s Jay is the only crested jay west of the Rocky Mountains. They are related to the Blue Jay, but have a dark brown or black head and upper body.

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A female White-Headed Woodpecker in the North Pines near the Mirror Lake Trail. The males have a red spot at the back of the head, and both have a black body, white head and white primary feathers.

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Anna’s Hummingbird Female 4099
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An Anna’s Hummingbird Female sporting a flowery beak decoration,
taken at Indian Peak Ranch in Mariposa (click to visit the Mariposa page).

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Anna’s Hummingbird Female 4126
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Wing warp during hovering flight. A hummingbird’s wings beat up to 80 times per second, allowing them to hover in mid-air.

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Anna’s Hummingbird Female 4127
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Hummingbirds can fly as fast as 35 miles per hour, and are also the only known bird capable of flying backwards.

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Anna’s Hummingbird Female Flight Study
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Flight Study showing an Anna’s Hummingbird Female as she transitions to hovering flight.

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