Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Piebald Deer

A piebald White-tailed Deer @ EPCAL
Today I visited EPCAL (Enterprise Park @ Calverton) to see if I could photograph any of the interesting birds that frequent the grasslands (see this post on my sister site for an idea of what can be found).  I found  a few birds but no good photographs.  I took a spin over to the Eastern Runway which I normally never drive around on (because there is a sky diving outfit that uses a small adjacent runway during the warmer months) in hopes of finding something else.  There were a few decent sized herds of deer (10-20 deer) and one of them was certainly much different then the rest.  For now I'm calling this a piebald deer (which is different from an Albino because it still has pigment).  There are known populations of white deer @ an Army Depot in upstate NY and I've heard reports of white white-tailed deer herds in the Wading River area but I have not confirmed them. Enjoy.

I apologize for the lack of quality in the following photos but the light was fading, I was driving along the runway at about 20mph and the deer were running just as fast if not faster.

Still running...

Another leaping shot:

Another shot with a "normal" deer in the frame:

And lastly here is a big crop to see a little more detail: