Deer Photography - May

Key behaviours / activities to look out for this month are:

  • Movement of pregnant does to fawning areas.

  • Arrival of baby deer.

  • Mother does feeding and attending to their fawns.


During the first part of the month you can photograph pregnant roe deer as they seek out a quiet location to give birth to their fawns.

Typically, they can often become quite elusive as they seek solitude, in this case, inside a large bush. 

Just before the birthing day approaches, you can photograph them in the vicinity of the fawning area.

Demands made on the mother doe to feed her young, means that this is the only time of year when female roe deer will eat more food per day than a roebuck; so they are regularly seen moseying around their area. In this case, she was not grazing on the grass, but browsing on the field buttercups as they contain far more energy than the comparatively rank grass.

Mothers periodically move their fawns to another resting site.    

When the mother's way, the youngsters will move about a little.

And as they get bigger, they move around more and more.

The previous year's fawns often frequent their natal area - particularly doe twins. Although they have now split-up from their mother, the bond between the pair can still be strong.

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