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New England Cottontail

New England Cottontail
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-04-13 9:22
Viewed: 2061
Points: 10
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Back in India, by rabbit, i meant those milky-white bunnies i had seen at places. It was in the evening of the day before Easter that i first saw a brownish rabbit in the bushes adjacent to my apartment! And so surprised i was. I just kept on saying, "oh my God, oh my God.. what's that!?" :D
Well, i guess, the rabbit too was surprised to see me there.. all of a sudden :)
We both stood still.. me, wondering if could grab the camera.. the bunny, my intention :)

Later, on some other days too, i found that rabbit (or some similar one, may be) around those bushes.. but either very early in the morning, or around sunset. Each time, there wasn't enough light for a good shot. Also, the rabbit was extremely shy and would have vanished if there was slightest human movement.

Then i found it again on one Sunday.. early in the morning, while i was going out for bird-watching. The rabbit was so busy in eating grass from the lawn, and i, being careful enough not to make much noise, could manage some close shots.. at last. Spent some time in watching it too.

So, meet my neighbour.. a New England Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus transitionalis).

Well, Massachusetts have both.. the New England Cottontails & the Eastern Cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus). These two rabbits, apparently look similar and are slightly difficult to distinguish. But with available data and after some study, i guess there's a good possibility that it's a New England Cottontail. Not cent percent sure though.

NB: i would like to thank Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) whose post on Cottontail Rabbit helped me in getting the ID.
How to distinguish between a New England Cottontail and an Eastern Cottontail:

The New England Cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) has..
i) a darker back,
ii) a broad black stripe on the outer edge of the ear, and
iii) usually a black spot between the ears.

The Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) has..
i) a paler coat colour,
ii) a cinnamon-rust nape,
iii) a narrow black margin in the ear.. extending along the front edge and tip, and
iv) a white or light brown spot on the forehead.

Information courtesy: Mass Audubon

Thanks for viewing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-13 11:14]

Hi Ruby,your zoom works very well too as i can see,a great capture whit the best details and colors,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ruby

I remember you asked me on one of my photos
about the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit and now
by your post I am learning about the
New England Cottontail Rabbit, you did an
excellent close-up photo, fine lateral POV,
beautiful diffused light, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, and the little
catch-light is enhancing the photo by
rendering it more beautiful, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-13 19:55]

Hello Ruby,
A superb shot of this beautiful Cottontail. You couldn't ask for any more detail as everything is in super sharp focus. I love the low POV as it makes you believe you are right down eye level with him. Colors are well saturated yet natural and exposure is right on the money. Love the tiny catchlight in it's eye which is always a bonus.
I really didn't know there even was a New England Cottontail, so I learned something new from you today. Great shot!!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-14 1:48]

Hi Ruby,
Nice easter rabbit. Gorgeous natural colours and sharpness details.
My opinion is: a little more space at the top.
Regards Jiri.

Weren't you somewhere else in the US, Ruby? Looks like you are relocated.
Very cute brown Rabbit there.
The catch light in its eye is adorable. Also suggests it was aware of your presence.

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