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All Animals magazine, July/August 2018

Photo by Cheryl Fleishman

On a late summer afternoon, my husband and I were walking on the Liberty Loop trail of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge. This New Jersey refuge is home to migrating and resident birds year-round, plus the occasional white-tailed deer, muskrat, black bear, red fox and—at dawn and dusk—eastern cottontail rabbit. As we were walking, we turned the corner and noticed this young rabbit munching on fresh greens on the trail.

We have two adopted house bunnies, Reggie and Rufus, so I’m familiar with rabbit behavior. They’re not for everyone; you have to spend a lot of time getting to know them and how they communicate. Because of the time I’ve spent with my own bunnies, I knew to approach this wild rabbit very slowly. I got on the ground and inched toward her calmly. The rabbit perked up a couple of times but did not mind our presence. After a few minutes, she turned her head toward the center of the trail and I was able to get this shot—with the beautiful clouds reflected in her eyes—before she hopped along. It was a very special moment at the refuge!

Cheryl Fleishman, Wantage, New Jersey

Photo by Mary Meinzer

I often see woodpeckers nearby or hear their "pik pik pik" song in the spring. I watched this red-bellied woodpecker work on her home in our backyard for days during the spring of 2015. She even brought her family to check things out at times. She was so busy—or tired—that she didn't mind my camera!

I took this photo because of the beauty of the bird and the way she worked so hard to make a home for her family. I love birds and animals and am always on the lookout. I am an amateur photographer who enjoys this hobby to the max.

Mary Meinzer, Schertz, Texas

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