Making my rounds thru my favorite buck stop, and then on to the pileated site, I found this buck. He was in between me and the sun. The shots were not worth much, so I left regretfully.
After an hour or so, I decided to give the pileated spot one more drive thru and spotted the same buck again in the same area. I pulled into the opposite drive and took some shots.
There was also a doe bedded down which was his reason for staying here in the open.
There was a row of corn hiding him from the traffic just a few hundred feet away.
His whole "basket" was a work of art.
What a majestic creature!