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Cute little Cottontail

Cute little Cottontail
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-26 7:04
Viewed: 3628
Points: 14
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Sylvilagus nuttallii

Writing On Stone Provincial Park, S.E. Alberta, Canada

The Cottontail has to be the cutest wild rabbit I've ever seen. This one is the mom and she's keeping an eye on her babies that are running around the grass and bushes in front of her.

The Cottontail weights only 1.2 kg or 2.6 lbs. It has short hind feet and ears compared to hares. The fur is a grizzled brown which does not change colour in the winter.

Mating can occur in February and litters of 2 to 7 young are born about a month later. The young are helpless and blind and are born in underground burrows. The Cottontail can breed three or more times in a year.

You can find Cottontail in Alberta in coulees, river bottoms and in groupings of trees on the prairie where there is lots of food. In summer they consume green vegetation with grass being the food of choice. In winter they eat the buds, bark and branches of small shrubs and trees.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-26 7:35]

Hi Janice,
Lovely capture of this cute rabbit.I liked POV,catchlight in eyes,lighting on ears and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-06-26 8:31]

Hi Janice
Nice capture of the cottontail.Good pov and nice pose from your subjecty in a natural habitat.
TFS Michel

hello Janice

excellent shot of this wonderful animal, with fine POV, DOF and framing,
excellent shaprness and details, i love his alert pose to escape at any time,



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-26 19:18]
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Hello Janice,
I like cottontail too, this Mom has woodticks on her ears by the look of her ear edges. Did you see many ticks on your trip? They sure can go when scared we have them all over our battery yard at work. Thanks for sharing this great image and your video, love your choice of music.

Hi Janice
Nice shot of this cute cottontail.

You go to "Wrting on Stone" often. Good for you.
Was planning on going there tomorrow.
BEAUTIFUL register.
P.S. How are you???

Hi MCF Janice,

Incredible capture of this lovely cottontail in a lovely posture.
The POV, DOF, details and composition are all excellent!
TFS and Have a nice day MF!


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