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Suburban Wildlife Photography

Updated on April 1, 2012
wild rabbit that visits my backyard often! 3/31/12
wild rabbit that visits my backyard often! 3/31/12 | Source

Living in the suburbs, you are in a manufacture landscape. Yes there are some areas of natural forest, although fragmented, but majority of "nature" is manicured lawns and gardens. This manufactured landscape doesn't always bode well for wildlife although there are ways to attract wildlife to your property by making your backyard more animal friendly. So when you encounter wildlife in your backyard it usually comes as a surprise as well as excitement. My neighborhood in Southern Connecticut is in a highly developed urban/suburban area that extends up the coast from the NYC metro area. My neighborhood is also fairly new, only about 15 years old, which means the small amount of fragmented forest left surrounding my home is still recovering from the construction. As a environmentalist I get excited to see biodiversity slowing returning. Off the top of my head I have seen deer, turkeys, ground hogs, rabbits, snakes, turtles, skunks, raccoons, foxes, and numerous types of birds, including hawks!, in my backyard. One of the routine visitors to my yard is a grey rabbit that enjoys munching on the grass right off the deck. Of course it runs away when we let my dog out but I do manage to get a few shots once in a while. The first photograph to the right is one of my favorites that I recently took. Not only does the rabbit look awfully similar to Bugs Bunny (look at the shape of the head) but it was also starring directly at me as i took the photo. Below are more photos of the rabbit enjoying the newly green spring grass. The fourth thumbnail from the left is an interesting one, the rabbit seemed ready to run off but ended up lying back down, as seen in the fifth thumbnail. Besides the rabbit I have also recently been able to get nice close ups of some spring robins. when I took these photos of the birds, there were actually up to five different types of birds in my yard from Blue Jays to cardinals, and of course the robins. I wish i was able to get more photos of the other birds but I'll have to wait for another day!

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a sign of spring! a robin looking for worms in the front yard 3/16/12Rabbit eating the grass in the backyard 3/31/12Spring Robin walking through the front yard 3/16/12 Rabbit on alert! 3/31/12not sure what the rabbit is doing in this photo but i assure you it was fine 3/31/12The Rabbit knows it's being watched!  3/31/12
a sign of spring! a robin looking for worms in the front yard 3/16/12
a sign of spring! a robin looking for worms in the front yard 3/16/12 | Source
Rabbit eating the grass in the backyard 3/31/12
Rabbit eating the grass in the backyard 3/31/12 | Source
Spring Robin walking through the front yard 3/16/12
Spring Robin walking through the front yard 3/16/12 | Source
Rabbit on alert! 3/31/12
Rabbit on alert! 3/31/12 | Source
not sure what the rabbit is doing in this photo but i assure you it was fine 3/31/12
not sure what the rabbit is doing in this photo but i assure you it was fine 3/31/12 | Source
The Rabbit knows it's being watched!  3/31/12
The Rabbit knows it's being watched! 3/31/12 | Source

As I snapped the above photos of the rabbit from inside, my neighbors dog was let out and began to bark. This sent the rabbit hopping at top speed to the back of the yard, where it would slide under our picket fence and into the fragmented forest behind my property. I was able to get a few shots of the rabbit hopping away, although not the best angle or even the clearest photograph, I still found the shots interesting. It's funny, when the rabbit is sitting engorging itself on grass, it looks pretty plump but the second it begins to run away, it looks very thin. I'm sure I'll be seeing this rabbit in the future and the great thing is he/she doesn't even go after my vegetable garden! At least not yet!

and off the Rabbit goes!

rabbit running off after being startled by the neigbors dog 3/31/12
rabbit running off after being startled by the neigbors dog 3/31/12 | Source
rabbit on the run! 3/31/12
rabbit on the run! 3/31/12 | Source
rabbit hopping away 3/31/12
rabbit hopping away 3/31/12 | Source
last shot i got of the rabbit before it got out of range, but he'll be back! 3/31/12
last shot i got of the rabbit before it got out of range, but he'll be back! 3/31/12 | Source

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      I enjoyed your hub about the nature in your backyard. You have some real cute bunny shots. Great for Easter.

      Lenzy

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      Brian Dooling 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Lenzy! I can't believe I didn't mention the Easter bunny how appropriate lol

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      Wasteless Project 5 years ago from Worldwide

      Nice post - observing is a great way to connect with and care for our surroundings:) Thanks for sharing!

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      Brian Dooling 5 years ago from Connecticut

      I agree Wasteless Project thanks for the comment!

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      maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain

      What a delightful hub I have enjoyed reading this hub and looking at the photographs. My favourites are of the rabbit on the run you have caught the rabbit in action wonderfully.

      Thank you so much for sharing your back yard with us. Voting up

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      Brian Dooling 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks maggs224 I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      ChooseHealthyFood 5 years ago from Canada

      Hey BWD316

      I have a rabbit living in my backyard, this one you photographed looks like his close relative LOL

      Voted up, enjoyed your hub!

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      Brian Dooling 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the comment ChooseHealthyFood I'm pretty sure it's an eastern cottontail rabbit because it likes the open grass unlike the New England cottontail which likes the thick brush of young forest and is endangered! The rabbit photographed above has visited my yard everyday this past weekend!

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      I agree, the rabbit does look like Bugs Bunny!! Your photos are so clear and sharp. You did well to get these good shots before he took off, but if this little guy has been coming back he must be getting used to you. Great hub, thank you for sharing.

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      Brian Dooling 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the comment Fennelseed I'm glad you see the resemblance lol I think he or she is getting use to me he just sat there staring at me as I took the photos! I'm glad he/she comes back often!

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      hi friend 4 years ago from India

      very nice hub

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      Zoya Jackson 4 years ago

      Amazing pics! Would love to visit this place.Thanks for sharing such good stuff.

      http://www.journeytothejungle.com/

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      Jay Dickens 3 years ago

      We get bunnies in our backyard but they're always too quick for me to photograph. Nice job capturing the details and the motion!

      And Happy Anniversary, too! #happy2years

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      thanks for the comment BStoneBlog and the hashtag! I'll be visiting your hubs soon!

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