The Pudu – World’s Smallest Deer!

Here are a couple of shots of the highly elusive Pudu taken on a recent tour to Chiloe Island.  The Pudu is the World’s smallest deer growing to a maximum height of just 18 inches (45 cm).  They live in the coastal rain forests of southern Chile and parts of western Argentina.  They are extremely rare to see and even harder to photograph, unless you are very lucky as I was with this one.  I have been tromping around the coastal areas of Patagonia for over 25 years and have probably only seen 4 or 5 of these little guys in the wild and this is the very first time I was lucky enough to come across one that was possible to get some photos of.  I had heard they were more common to see on Chiloe Island and I was very pleased to learn that’s actually true.  This one was right next to the highway and hung around nonchalantly as we screeched to a stop and scrambled around to get our cameras out.  These shots were taken with a Nikon D600 and a Nikkor 80-400 zoom set on aperture priority at F 5.6, ISO 400 and a -1/3 exposure compensation.600_9649

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