Saturday, June 29, 2019

Summer sightings on the Florida Trails!


Hike #76 was only about an hour long but I had some really neat sightings! It had rained that afternoon so I hiked at 7pm. There were still some clouds and the sun was getting low but  it was still 86 degrees.


As I started up the first hill, I looked ahead and saw something brown on the side of the trail.



So I stopped and zoomed in. 

This is a mother and her young one. I have seen them a couple of times on my hikes...one time the mother even snorted at me. But these were the first good pics I've gotten.

What was a little freaky was the way the mother acted. I stopped to take photos and she took a few steps TOWARD me. So then I walked forward a few more steps and stopped. And yes...she walked a few more steps in my direction! I thought, at this rate one of us is going to have to 'give'! And I'm guessing it will be ME! lol



You can see her step forward in this short video.

But after I closed the gap a little more, they decided to leave.


 She stopped in the woods and watched me though and I took one more photo.


It looks like she's daring me to follow them!!!

Then when I got down to 'bobcat holler'....the spot where I saw the Bobcat earlier this year, I spotted a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Bobcat post is HERE.


It was a beauty against the darkening sky.


I went just a little farther and then headed back to the car. I even had a few sprinkles as I walked. But you'll be glad to know....I didn't melt! 

The heat might make me melt if I go out this week though. We'll see how bad my 'cabin fever' gets!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE  
 
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

35 comments:

Tom said...

...other than the palm, these could be scenes from up here!

Anonymous said...

Isn’t she lovely, do you think she was wondering if you would feed her? I know places on hiking trails they feed the deer, they don’t here but I read on another persons blog they do, she did seem challenging which is so rare for deer! The only aggressive deer .i have saw were males in rut! I heard on the news you’re in for some hot weather, we are having it right now, I know ours isn’t hot like yours though, take care and keep cool!

Aritha said...

O what are they nice to see. Thanks for sharing!

Vee said...

Yes, she can be a bit intimidating I see. I love seeing deer where they belong. In my garden...no, but out there in the forest...perfect. You captured some lovely shots. Should I say "shots" when discussing deer?

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wonderful photos. Looks like a great place to hike.

riitta k said...

Beautiful photos of these deer! Animal mothers are so protective. We have wonderful cool weather, not a trace of the heat wave in Central Europe - and I like it. Don't melt you in the heat!

Sandra said...

you are very brave to be out in that heat. i just can't take it. the heat i mean... even after the storms it was still to hot. feels like breathing water. i hope no one is feeding the deer, that could be she thought you had food. but i do know from a wildlife officer that was at a place we visited, deer are dangerous. they will charge, they can kill with their hooves. he was petting a deer in an enclosed area. he said do not get near deer. he said it took months for him to get her used to his touch. she was injured and can't be allowed in the wild. he slept with her to get her so he could touch her. they stand up and flail with their hooves.. very protective if they have young

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I am glad you were able to get out. The cabin fever is a bad feeling. I have heard that snort warning, they usually do leave first. Nice sighting of the Sharpie! They are beautiful critters, wonderful video and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. Thanks also for leaving me a comment.

bill burke said...

Beautiful deer, always a pleasure to see.
Thank you and enjoy the weekend.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I have had that same experience where a doe with a fawn will actually approach quite close, and then turn and move away. I am sure it represents some kind of a protective measure, rather like a bird feigning a broken wing perhaps. in any event they are such beautiful creatures, whatever their reason it is a joy to have them approach me like that. I am always impressed by, not only the obvious satisfaction that you derive from your hikes, but the added pleasurable dimension that encounters with wildlife adds to your outing.

Ann said...

How fun to spot the deer. I don't have any trails around here like that to walk.

Danice G said...

Oh what cute deer photos and video. the weather here is also hot, and rainy. That's just summer, right? Blessings.

Terri D said...

The deer are beautiful and momma was just protecting her baby, I guess. She should know you by now, or goodness sake! We saw a bobcat at the farm one day, on our way out. Too fast to catch a photo but breathtaking! I love your hikes! Thanks for taking us along!

orchid0324 said...

Dearest Diane; I really wish to have the environment for the walk like you have ;-) Such sweet pictures and video of deer's Mom and a kid. Thank you very much for the sweet post♡♡♡
Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

DeniseinVA said...

You certainly saw some interesting sights. I've never had a deer walk towards me, staring yes and then moving away. I like the photos of the Sharp-shinned Hawk very much. I have never ever seen a Bobcat before either. Great shots Diane, thanks for sharing them.

Debbie said...

the deer are truly one of my favorites to spot. it seemed you got pretty close before they turned and ran off. walking toward you, i wonder if they thought you had food...some deer become pretty tame and are use to people bringing apples for them!

the hawk images are beautiful!!

you could always have a pina-colatta in you get caught in the rain!!

have a happy sunday!!

Linda said...

Beautiful deer! I like the hawk too.

Phil Slade said...

Eighty-nine degrees at 7pm? I wish. That trail does look lovely for some dawn and dusk walks. I'm sure that deer would not have attacked you. More like she was just being protective in checking you out.

Irma said...

These are beautiful pictures of the deer.
The Sharp-shinned Hawk is also beautiful.
Best regards, Irma

Anni said...

Well then, I guess we call you Glinda! Being that you didn't melt (kidding).

Wonderful deer...and super hawk images. Thanks for linking up with us birders this week.

It's me said...

Wowwww Great pictures ...happy sunday 🍀💚🍀💚

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

That is Encounter of the Best Kind

carol l mckenna said...

You certainly did find wonderful 'critters' ~ love the deer and great photos!

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Deer are such graceful and beautiful creatures! You captured them so beautifully! Love the hawk as well! Our rain has stopped and our temps have been in the 100s. I stay in and close to my needle these days instead of playing in my gardens

Jeanie said...

Lucky you, seeing these beautiful deer! I always feel like their presence in my path is a gift.

NanaDiana said...

Love that the deer played "chicken" with you. I was always amazed at how small the FL deer are compared to the northern ones...just so sweet, Diane.

Great bird shots, too. Glad you didn't melt although that would be easy to do there this time of year.

Have a blessed Sunday night- xo Diana

Carla from The River said...

Fun photos. I enjoyed the story about the deer. :-)
Stay cool.
Carla

Louca por porcelana said...

Sweet pictures!

BeachGypsy said...

I love the pictures of the pretty deer! They have such pretty faces and seem to be such gentle and peaceful creatures. I was laughing though reading you said "one of them even SNORTED AT ME!' I thought that was so funny! ha ha ha LOL Hope y'all had a real nice weekend. It was awful hot here, but we still got out and did a little gardening, transplanting seedlings, watering , Mr. Front Porch did some trimming and mowing and raking etc. He surprised me a bunch of new plants/flowers Saturday as they had bunches of them on clearance, so I got those planted.

Rhodesia said...

Wish I could watch the video but sadly our WiFi connection is too slow. Living in the country has its upside but connection speed is not one of them!!
Great photos. Have a good week Diane

magnoliasntea said...

My word, the deer are so bold there. Love the "daring" you to come closer shot.
Have a wonderful week!
Toni

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh my, look at that precious deer family. You sure are coming across some amazing sights on your trail adventures. : )

Happy Fourth of July!

~Sheri

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely to see your photographs here.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

P.S. Meant to say I enjoyed the video … so sweet.

All the best Jan

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Fabulous shots - loved the video, So glad you didn't melt - but if anyone is sweet enough to melt it would definitely be you. So stay out of the rain, just be sure you don't melt away.