Whitetailed (Virginia) Deer



Whitetailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus.

What on earth is that thing – Whitetailed or Virginian deer wereliberatedat Port Pegasus in 1905 and rapidly spread throughout the island. Technically a “Noxious Animal” capable of doing considerable damage to forestvegetation, these pretty animals are a much prized by hunters. We see their sign regularly around our road sides, especially on paths to and fromfavored feeding areas.

Not too sure I like that thing

Some years ago .. at 11 o’clock in the morning…. we saw one on the road outside “Sails Ashore” and guests at Kowhai Lane watched one alongside the house while having breakfast. And a local resident once noticed one outside the hotel at 7 one sunny morning.

And occasionally we will see them while on a road tour.’

We found this young animal on the road side not far from the power station. It was quite curious, and watched us for perhaps 90 seconds

I’m out of here

The shadow is a guests arm… he was busy with camera as well….

the white”flag” is thought to be a “follow me” sign for fawns

More and more I am realising that a vehicle makes a good “hide” for bird … and now animal…. watching. Somehow they often seem unfazed by even a moving car. And so can be photographed with little disturbance.

the view hunters most see of a “Grey Ghost” (Winter coat is a subtle grey colour)

Peter Tait

Peter Tait

Peter Tait is a professional nature guide based at Stewart Island, New Zealand, and he works primarily on Ulva Island Open Sanctuary. Peter has been resident on the Island for over 40 years and was one time Forest Ranger in Charge of Stewart Island. Fishing followed forestry and was in turn followed by Talisker, a 17m charter yacht. He is qualified Skipper Deep Sea Fishing Vessel. In addition to guiding Peter and his wife Iris are hosts at Sails Ashore Lodge.

Peter Tait

Peter Tait

Peter Tait is a professional nature guide based at Stewart Island, New Zealand, and he works primarily on Ulva Island Open Sanctuary. Peter has been resident on the Island for over 40 years and was one time Forest Ranger in Charge of Stewart Island. Fishing followed forestry and was in turn followed by Talisker, a 17m charter yacht. He is qualified Skipper Deep Sea Fishing Vessel. In addition to guiding Peter and his wife Iris are hosts at Sails Ashore Lodge.

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