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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Nobody makes chocolate rabbits in THIS pose...
I posted here about a camera set my Dad has on his property. This past month has been unusually productive and I promised to share some photos.
(Seneca Falls, NY 10/11)
Eastern cottontails move so fast it is hard to see exactly how their legs are positioned. Most people don't know that when they are running, their back legs actually extend in front of their front legs. I just got back from checking my two cameras and got this nice photo of a rabbit in a classic body scissor position. Imagine now that you are looking at its tracks in the snow. The front tracks would be smaller and close together while the rear feet would be larger and set farther apart. And remember, the front tracks will be behind the rear tracks.
(Fremont, NY 9/2011)
This is my new favorite eastern cottontail photograph. I man, how cool is this? Look at the extension of those back legs... I can't get over the idea that he is laid out on some sort of invisible table :) These are the times I wish I had video...