Columbia Blacktail Fawn with Unusual Coat

Two Columbia blacktail fawns explore their world.

Columbia Blacktail Fawns, Point Reyes National Seashore

I went looking for some more fawns to photograph yesterday.   I found these two.  One has a dark saddle.  It is most noticeable when viewed from behind.

Photo of Columbia Blacktail fawn with unusual coat.

Blacktail Fawn with Unusual Coat, Point Reyes National Seashore

I don’t know if this is very unusual or not, but it looks unusual to me.


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I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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8 Responses to Columbia Blacktail Fawn with Unusual Coat

  1. Pat Ulrich says:

    It’s quite interesting to see the variation in its coat, and it is rather attractive!

    • Jim Coda says:

      I saw them again today Pat. The lighter-coated one also has a stripe down its neck and back. I hadn’t noticed it before because the darker one’s markings stood out so much.

  2. TimB says:

    Axis deer and blacktails arent even in the same genus, much less species, so thank goodness that the rare and special Columbian blacktail deer cant possibly interbreed with introduced common livestock such as the axis deer…..
    Color variation in a population is a nice indicator of genetic health, consider that the blacktail deer is one of the few large mammals whose undisturbed lineage has survived both the ice age and recent invasions of humans that led to the extirpation or genetic bottle-necking of so many other highly evolved native mammals (tule elk, sea otter, grizzly bear, bison, etc, etc)….

  3. Gregory Hughes says:

    Oh wow, Jim – this is great! Actually, very pretty, though I wonder if will serve him well – as in camoflauge… Or perhaps he’ll grow out of it…? Any thoughts?

    • Jim Coda says:

      I don’t know Gregory. My guess is that it will be just a darker deer than average. There are already some deer at Point Reyes that are quite light in color.

  4. Maybe it has a little of the axis deer in it? Or are they all ‘eliminated’ (murdered) now?

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