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Going for a Dip

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 3 December 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/160 second F/10.0 ISO 100 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Sunder from Chennai, India

Fantastic shot! Excellent composition, colours and texture...

3 Dec 2010 5:43am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, amazing image, very good document shot

3 Dec 2010 6:30am

Céline from New York City, United States

Wow ! This is incredible ! Very cool capture !

3 Dec 2010 7:26am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Hehe... time for a bath :) Wonderful capture Steven ! Have a great day :)

3 Dec 2010 9:49am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Amazing capture! With the lens you used, the long shot is very effective as it frames the deer in the landscape very well.

3 Dec 2010 11:52am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Brillaint capture and compo .

3 Dec 2010 2:33pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Wow I have never seen this, in the water on the edge yes but to go so far? Where were they headed? I think you were safe to get in close, they can't move any faster in the water than we can but their legs probably are just as effective as ours.. and they have four not two.

4 Dec 2010 12:03am

@¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨: While watching them head south, I noticed a lot of birds wading in the water and I thought perhaps they were checking things out. Then I thought that the doe was trying to evade the "advances" of the buck, so she went into the water. They were both up to their necks for a good 15 minutes. And that water was cold in early November when this photo was taken. Turned out the buck came back to the shoreline while the doe took the long way back from which she came. I wanted to get close to the deer while they were out of the water, which is where I feared my proximity to them, particularly the "ten-point" buck. :-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Totally cool!

4 Dec 2010 12:14am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A first time for everything and here it is ! What an amazing sight. I, too, wonder where they were headed.

5 Dec 2010 11:54am

Franz from Baden, Austria

right place, right time! interesting info!

5 Dec 2010 7:14pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Just fascinating story. I guess it makes sense that they could do this, many animals can swim. I agree with you about OUT of the water.. While I would much rather shoot a deer with a camera.. at that proximity I would have to leave too.

6 Dec 2010 12:31pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Simply amazing! I wouldn't expect these animals in a setting like this!

6 Dec 2010 5:37pm