21 Feb 17 Those of you on the right coast will likely immediately recognize the location in which I took this shot as well as the time of year it was taken. Those of you and the left coast won't. Big Meadow is a large cleared field in Shenandoah National Park in VA and during the first two weeks of every June the local deer population meets here to birth their fawns. The meadow is literally strewn with fawns, but until mom comes to take care of them, every morning and evening, they are bedded down so well that you can literally walk over them and they won't budge to give away their hiding place. We know, because we tried on several occasions to find them and never did even though we walked directly over the areas where they were bedded down and they never gave away their locations. Having no odor of their own, and having mom consume all their waste products while she is nursing them morning and evening, by staying TOTALLY motionless they are well protected from predators. This mom had fed and cleaned up her fawn, then allowed him to play with others for the better part of an hour and was in the process of bedding him down while I was recording the entire event. At this point she was well aware of where I was and was keeping a sharp eye on me making certain I wasn't up to no good. The image isn't a particularly good one because of the fawn's face being obscured, but I love the look on mom's face as she stared directly at me. This was shot with a 5 megapixel camera, the D70, and the first VR lens made by Nikon, the 80 - 400 VR, which has a reputation of not being acceptably sharp, but I call your attention to the hairs around her face and especially near her eyes and will allow you to make your own decision as to sharpness. It is unfortunate that I wasn't quick enough to capture the fawn maybe one second sooner when its head would have been in full view but it is what it is. You can just imagine it being where it should have been.
This is straight from the camera with the D70 and the 80 - 400 lens set to 400mm which would be the equivalent of 600mm on a film body; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/200 sec @ f / 7.1