I often have cottontail rabbits visiting my yard here in Arkansas, and I love photographing these cute little creatures. Just the other day, I witnessed something very unexpected – a young rabbit was happily munching on a pear from one of my dwarf fruit trees!
I have two small pear trees in my yard, but only one of them actually produces fruit. This year, that tree had a very productive crop. One happened to fall to the ground. I never considered that this fallen fruit would become a tasty treat for the local bunny population!
When I noticed the young rabbit nibbling on the pear, I quickly grabbed my camera and was able to get some great shots of it enjoying its fruity snack. I was quite surprised that rabbits actually eat fruit, but it makes sense that they would take advantage of any readily available food sources.
I also captured some fun video footage of the pear-eating bunny and shared it on my TikTok account. Feel free to check it out and give it a like! [TikTok video]
Discovering new rabbit behaviors like this is just one of the joys of wildlife photography. I feel so fortunate to have these charming cottontails visiting my backyard orchard. You just never know when you’ll have the chance to capture a unique moment like this rabbit caught in the act of enjoying a sweet pear. I can’t wait to see what other delightful rabbit activities I’ll be able to photograph this year!
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Lavaca (Arkansas)
- Date and Time Taken: August 31, 2023 (06:53 P. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f8
- Shutter speed: 1/800
- ISO: 3200 (Auto)
- Exp. Comp.: 0
- Focal Length: 500 mm