First off, the pictures in this post are all pretty bad because they were taken at dusk from some distance. I don't have a telephoto lens on my point and shoot.
Behind our home there is a rather steep, dry hillside. We don't water the trees, but there is one stunted apple tree that produces a few fruit each year. I generally collect them the week before Thanksgiving, add some purchased ones and make a pie.
Last week I noticed a doe and two yearlings trying to get the apples with no success. I wondered if it was time to pick them.
Yesterday at dusk, I noticed two bucks eyeing the tree.
The one on the right was larger, and at one point he clacked antlers with the smaller buck to let him know whose apples these were! But the smaller buck hung around and watched anyway.
"Who needs a longer neck?"
He made about a half dozen tries and did manage to snag two apples before giving up. His younger friend managed to get a few leaves when the big guy wasn't looking, but pretty much stayed out of the way.
We don't "garden" because between the deer, gophers and dry summers it is a hopeless venture. I enjoy watching this sort of thing too much to want to have deer fences around the place.
This afternoon a large group of does were in the yard.
That buck will be after them soon, and a new crop of fawns will be learning about apples next year. I can buy as many as I need at Safeway!