A raccoon we thought was the dominate male had been our only visitor for some time. J decided this was an old fellow who had lost his position in the power structure because he was too old to hunt so he had to satisfy himself with the birds' seed Then one night 'he' showed up with four of these little guys
A little on the dark side with a slight green color cast. Tripod hooray, the only way this image could have been made.
What are the conditions; I know through your window at the feeder, but what about lighting? I notice a catch light in the eyes which is great, but no indication of flash fire in your notes. I think flash might have wiped the image with its reflection of the glass. Exterior security light maybe?
This really makes me smile: Sometimes when we're camping there are THESE "noises" in the night and you hear something behind your tent and you're sort of alert "is it something dangerous" but many times it is completely harmless and it might be a visitor just like you show in your image. I wonder if we ever had a bear around our tent, we're camping in bear land a lot, but so far I only saw them from the car. Lovley image, Pat, I like it how it comes out of the box.
I missed seeing all these wildlife in our own backyard. We used to live near a wetland, so there were many types of animal we see, and the raccoons family used to go up the tree in our backyard, one we saw 5 or 6 of them, when we shine the flash light up the tree. and skunks use to troll by our patio trickered our light sensor, and we hear coyotee occasionally. Now we see mostly possums and parrots that come to our tree for berries.
I see this guy is going through the garden with all the flowers in the background, birdseed are good enough for this old friend :) What do they normally eat in the wild?
plimrn (2017/08/02 22:32:17): I think raccoons are omnivorous, they'll eat anything. sadly they are particularly fond of bird's eggs. This year they ate an endangered trumpeter swan's first set of eggs at the nature center. Happily the second set survived to cut hatchlings the last time I saw them. It is fun to see wildlife, I actually would often see a huge raccoon in Ocean Beach in the very early morning and of course down there were lots of parrots...none up here
Every morning when I awake and open our door to the back garden, 3 or 4 sparrows hop in looking for food, which they get of course I really enjoy this. Sometimes we have a hedgehog visit us, she gets fed too but her appearances are rare. By our house in England we have a night visit from a female fox. I would be so chuffed to have a raccoon in my garden 😊 Maybe the photo isn't perfect technically but I enjoyed seeing it and reading you note.
plimrn (2017/08/04 23:54:24): We are too, Thanks for your comment
very beautiful portrait of this animal. when my brother was a baby my mother bought a hairbrush for babies and it was lovely, had the aspect of this animal and the handle was the tail of the animal. very nice flagrant of the nature in your garden.