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Suburban Wildlife Photography
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!
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!