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Resting after a hard day

Resting after a hard day
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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 300mm F4L IS USM + 1.4x ext
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-12 12:04
Viewed: 3687
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello all,

Frisco, Texas is a suburb recently developped. That's why we can find there fauna trying to adapt itself to this new environment. This Eastern Cottontail was photographed near my hotel May 2009. Here the last rays of light was hitting him while he was resting after a hard day...

Any comments about this pic?

Thank you,

Michel Pilon
Quebec, Canada


The crepuscular ("dusk and dawn") pattern of foraging activity is augmented in the summer by a nocturnal time expansion. During the day, the cottontail stays safely hidden from predators in thickets, brush piles or in hollow logs. Cottontails confronted with danger either freeze in place to take advantage of their cryptic coloration or dart away in a rapid, zigzag manner. Running speeds of the eastern cottontail can reach eighteen miles per hour.

Most cottontails are solitary animals and can be within their home ranges aggressively intolerant of other members of their species. A female's home range varies between one to fifteen acres in size, while a male's range may be as large as one hundred acres. Prior to mating, the male and female cottontails display courtship behaviors that are collectively called "cavorting". The patterns observed in cavorting can include a great deal of running, racing, hopping, and even actual fighting. Fragments of hide and hair are sometimes scattered over several acres as a result of this pre-mating behavior. It is thought that the selective advantage of this behavior is to weed out sick, less agile or less aggressive individuals from the reproductive pool. Mating can occur at any time during the warmer months of the year. Cavorting typically occurs at night.

(BPN, MS, Bx)

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2010-05-12 19:46]

Bonsoir Michel,

Charmant ce petit lièvre pris sous une belle lumière chaleureuse. Exposition et netteté (comme toutes tes images d'ailleurs) sont impécables. Du très beau travail de finition qui n'a rien d'artificiel. On voit que tu ne maîtrise pas seulement la prise de vue mais aussi ce qui suit. Composition simple et efficace, de même qu'une présentation sombre qui ne vole pas la vedette au sujet principale. Du très beau travail inspirant. Bravo


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-05-12 20:40]

Hello Michel,
This guy looks really relaxed as he lays streatched out seemingly without a care in the world. A pleasing image showing wonderful detail of the Cottontail and nice eye contact. Beautiful natural colors and just the right exposure!Very informative notes!! TFS.

Hi MF Michel,

Excellent capture of tis cute fellow. I've got at leat 6 rabbits while i was a child so I naturally love this image:).
I applaud you on the well exposed fur, it is not so easy to manage exposing well especially on sunset time.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


bonjour Michel
magnifique image ! les couleurs sont si naturelles et chaque detail sur la fourrure du lièvre est tellement précis qu'on croit qu'il est vraiment devant nous, on a juste envie de tendre la main pour le caresser
la luminosité est impéccable
merci pour cette beauté et passe une bonne nuit

Visited your web. MAGNIFICIENT!!!
Re: This subject.
Very well controlled exposure.
Looks like a 3D image.
Mario... also from Canada but the Western part with MOST FIENDLY greetings.

Nice light and warm color, the details look great Michel.
I see you visited our great state of Texas, hope you found the people as hospitable as the rabbits ;-)
Well done!

Bonjour Michel,
Beautiful shot, an excellent portrait of a cottontail trying to adapt to the new environment somehow. :) Gorgeous lights, sharpness and composition - even the cottontail was halfly cropped, the viewer doesn't think about something's missing and the composition isn't full. Great photo. Congrats and tfs.
Best regards, László

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-26 7:32]

Hi Michel.
What a wonderful shot and cute animal. I like lovely warm sunlight and colours, precise DOF (FG and BG are blurred nicely and main character is detailed perfectly). I also welcome such creative and impressive crop. Well done and kind wishes.

Hello Michel,

A lovely rabbit, and I admire the fine details in the fur coat!
Different pose this time and I notice the eye contact with the animal is good...
A well framed scene with good focus on the animal!

Pablo -

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