Are Raccoons the Robins of the Animal Kingdom?

Well I will answer my own question. Perhaps. Deer may also be part of this equation. As an avian photographer primarily, I find most people don’t appreciate Robins because they are so common. So here’s a Raccoon in Southwest Washington in its natural habitat and not somebody’s neighborhood.

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Iso-800, 100-400+ extender at 560 mm, F8, 250th, Fuji X-T3, Adobe camera raw 11, Topaz AI Clear, Topaz Adjust, TK sharpening action at 10%

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Interesting, David. I was just ready to post my interpretation of this critter when I saw yours. Even though they’re considerably different, I do like yours. Your depth of field and hence sharpness of background is considerably more than mine and the whole image has a crisper look which fits the brightness difference.

Nice shot David. I like the feel of the shot and the patterns in the reflection.

The shot needs to be rotated clockwise a bit to level it however. You’ll know when it is level when the reflection is on a vertical line.

I like the eye contact you have here. They may be common but I have yet to find one with any daylight left even though they live on my land. This is a nice shot with a good amount of environment.

Interesting frame & setting, of the two pictures, I may prefer the brightness level somewhere in between. I believe Raccoons are nocturnal animals, so darker version is more appropriate.
Both the versions need some rotation.

Just a little CW rotation. I also prefer a darker version.

Yes, some critters are ignored. Robins, Doves, Blue Jays, Raccoons, Squirrel, etc. That said I love photographing them as when you really look at them they are amazing. your images proves the point with the great detail and kind of curious look of the raccoon.