I came upon this buck and doe as I saw them coming out of the wooded area making their way east up and over the sand dunes toward Lake Michigan. I figured I was going to see them drinking water from the shoreline. I was shocked when I saw them entering the water. They both made their way out about 250 feet as they began swimming south in the water. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.
When I returned home and "googled" swimming deer, I was surprised to read that it is not unusual and that the deer swim doggy style. With their bulky bodies and skinny legs I wondered how they were able to swim with decent speed and great endurance.
This was a time that I regretted not bringing my zoom lens with me, which was back in the car. As much as I wanted to get close to them, the one thing I did have to keep in mind was not getting too close to either one of them. I surely wouldn't want to be charged by them; particularly the 10-point buck.
Photo captured November 7, 2010.
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