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|We had a very rainy Easter in West Texas this year. On Saturday we had a few hours of sunshine and I managed to get this shot of a an Eastern Cottontail at San Angelo State Park. That is White-wing dove in the BG. I was just sitting there watching the birds when this guy hopped into view. He didn't stay long. I think because of his huge ears the shutter noise spooked him more that it did the birds. Anyway I managed to get a couple shots before he darted off. Happy Easter.|
The most common rabbit species in Texas is the Eastern cottontail, identifiable by its two- to three-pound body, brown or gray coat, white belly, and distinctive white tail. They are widespread in brushy areas from southern Canada to South America, predominantly east of the Rocky Mountains. A related species, the desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii), occurs in Texas and the desert Southwest.
Cottontails feed at night, subsisting on a variety of green plants, barks, buds, and grasses. Unlike the jackrabbit, which is actually a member of the hare family, cottontails are true rabbits. This distinction is important, as hares are born virtually self-sufficient, whereas rabbits are born hairless, blind, and helpless. In addition, hares tend to be larger and more muscular than rabbits.
The cottontail is an essential element of the food chain, serving as prime prey for many predators. As a result, cottontail life expectancy is extremely short -- one year or less -- requiring the prolific reproduction so often attributed to rabbit species. In addition to their reproductive strategy, cottontails thrive because they are swift-moving and can jump distances of up to eight feet at a time when pursued, making split-second changes in direction to frustrate and elude predators.
Cottontails are somewhat difficult to view, due to their swift and elusive nature. Viewing opportunities are good in brushy areas near ponds, marshes, and streams, particularly along the Texas coast.
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- [2008-03-24 8:01]
What a nice picture of the cute animal. It is wonderful that you managed to catch and dove too. Excellent true wild nature scene, reproduction of the rabbit hair. Bravo and TFS.
- [2008-03-24 9:59]
This picture could have been taken in Tucson! The cottontail is great. He looks like he's ready to take off. Nice that the dove was in the picture too.
Cute little bunny! ha ha Love the Easter Pigeon in the background. :)
Our mesquite are starting to put out, the swallowtails are here, and I have a little cluster of hummingbirds already. Life is good and spring is almost here!
ho visitato la tua splendida galleria con immagini interessanti sotto vari aspetti naturalistici; spettacolare immagine di questo coniglio catturato con straordinaria definizione, mi piace molto la postura e la composizione con l'uccello sfocato in secondo piano, molto belli e naturali i colori e bellissimi i contrasti di luce: