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Raccoon Visitation

Raccoon Visit 1

 

Raccoon Visit 2

We  had this raccoon come by early in the evening the other day to see what it could mooch from the seeds, feeder and see what it might be able to convince the gullible in providing. It warily obliged me with a photo shoot.

 

 

 

Raccoon Visit 3

 

Raccoon Visit 4

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11 responses

  1. Wow, a true close-up! Nice job!

    July 22, 2014 at 12:03 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks very much Millie. 😉

      July 22, 2014 at 12:12 am

  2. Beautiful work…

    July 22, 2014 at 1:36 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks very much Sreejith. That shot of the seed pod on your blog is beautiful. 🙂

      July 22, 2014 at 10:30 am

  3. leecleland

    What an obliging Raccoon and some great shots, Joseph.

    July 22, 2014 at 7:37 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks very much Lee. A fair trade, food for photos. Those professional models are always hungry. 😀

      July 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

      • leecleland

        Indeed! But he/she’s lazy – it’s summer over in your neck of the woods, wouldn’t there be plenty of forest food? Or is human handouts just easier 🙂

        July 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      • elmediat

        The winter stretched out. When they started coming around there was still snow all about. They had become active after hibernation but Spring was not there. Add to this they are natural scavengers and very intelligent. They take up residence where there is food. Heaven knows what the raccoon population is in Toronto.

        I remember a mother and her kits having a feast one night in one of my father’s cherry trees. Climb in , break off a small branch and pluck away at the fruit; then come over to the shrubs near the house and climb up and look in the bedroom window. One of the neighbours had family come down her chimney and had taken up residence in the house while she was away. 😀

        This one is definitely scrawny in comparison to the others – betting she had a hard pregnancy . She is also the most timid of the bunch. I got into a tug of war with one over the metal dish and the raccoon won. Raccoon derives from the Algonquian language – Algonahrah-koon-em, meaning “[the] one who rubs, scrubs and scratches with its hands”.

        July 22, 2014 at 7:24 pm

  4. They are fascinating but they scare the heck out of me. I probably would have been shooting through a window.

    July 22, 2014 at 8:45 am

    • elmediat

      On another website, a commenter said they were cats with hands. Observing the creatures, my wife & I noticed they do exhibit very cat-like behaviour. 😀

      This little Miss is a Momma. You can tell by the last shot. Most of raccoons that visit come late at night. This one is the skinniest & smallest of the adults: she shows up early. I was out preparing our meal on the BBQ when she arrived, hence the photo shoot. 🙂

      There are two mothers, one with three kits and one with two, also two young males will drop by and get rowdy.

      One year I was trying to get shots of the babies. One curious little tyke came right up sniffed the camera, I was crouching for the shot, and then sat on my foot. My only concern was mother raccoon would take umbrage and and try to protect her young.

      Our present concern is the chipmunk that the cats brought in from the screened veranda. Neither of us or the cats can catch it for any length of time. I now have a better appreciation of Donald Duck’s battles with Chip & Dale. 😀

      July 22, 2014 at 11:32 am

      • Chip & Dale…haven’t thought of them in years. 😉
        You do have an adventurous life.

        July 22, 2014 at 2:51 pm

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