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…is not like the others! 🙂

“Hugh Hefner” (Male Northern Cardinal with Bunny Statues) Nikon D300, 390mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/7.1, 1/160s, ISO 640

Seeing a Cardinal sitting still is not a common occurrence, so I found it remarkably strange, then, when I spotted a male just leisurely ‘hanging out’ amongst the two small rabbit statues under one of our garden benches. Perhaps he thought he had made some new friends??  

The bird stayed in this exact spot for quite a long time (well, for a Cardinal, mind you, as they are typically very skittish birds), even shutting his eyes to rest! I actually began to get concerned he was injured or sick, but, just as I was about to investigate further, I accidentally startled him and he flew off.

Most likely he was a young male, simply getting his bearings. I’ve been seeing many juveniles lately, from squirrels to chipmunks to birds to rabbits, sporting atypical animal behavior and it has been humorous to watch them try to make sense of their surroundings without the aid of the parents. Kids! 😉

Oh, well. Just another day in Milkay’s Animal Kingdom, where the critters never cease to amaze! 🙂

Consuelo’s comment on ‘Shoobie Doobie Dew’ must be on my mind as I couldn’t help but think of greeting cards when I saw this image:  

"One of a Kind" (Eastern Cottontail Rabbit with Garden Sculptures) Nikon D300, 340mm (200-400mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/125s, -0.3EV, ISO 500, Silver Efex Pro 'Antique Plate I' Filter

Inside: In a world filled with phonies, I’m so glad you’re the real thing. 🙂

“I can’t remember the last time I saw a rabbit in the yard.”

Those were the exact words I said last night.

This is what I saw this afternoon:

Pink Nose

"Pink Nose" (Eastern Cottontail Rabbit) Nikon D300, 105mm, F5.6, 1/100s, +0.3EV, ISO 640

So, since Mother Nature appears to be listening, what I really meant to say is, “I can’t remember the last time I saw a hummingbird…” 🙂

"Caught in the Cross-Hares" (Eastern Cottontail Rabbit) Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 640

"Caught in the Cross-Hares" (Eastern Cottontail Rabbit) Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/250s, ISO 640

It was good to see the rabbit out and about today!

With the Red Tailed Hawks ever-present these days, the rabbits have been (understandably) keeping themselves scarce.

This guy hung around the yard for most of the day while we hung out at the pool. Happily, I was able to capture quite a few interesting shots and this is my pick of the litter.


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