What the Heck - This is NYC?

After work I walked in Central Park to take some pics. Through the corner of my eye I saw a cat scamper about and up a tree. When I looked around up there, I did not see anything. All of a sudden - this guy - peeps out from behind the tree. What the heck is that - a raccoon? And what's it doing in Central Park NYC? For more wild kingdom NYC version please see album 2: http://365project.org/michaelelliott/more-365/2012-04-20

Thanks so much all for your marvelous reactions to yesterday's midtown pic - so much appreciated as always - TGIF!
TGIF? Cute Raccoon. Lovely composition and colours.
posted April 20th, 2012  
@carolinedreams - Thank God Its Friday!
posted April 20th, 2012  
Oh! Definitely.
posted April 20th, 2012  
For a minute there I thought you were in my city - we have raccoons all over the place here:) Love how he's peeking round the tree at you:) Happy Friday Michael! (Well still Thursday here....)
posted April 20th, 2012  
cute guy :)
posted April 20th, 2012  
Great capture, ME ... Nah, it's not NYC. You're right here in the Midwest. LOL Fantastic little guy that you got there. Like the way that the little bandit is checking you out. Welcome to the "world of critters!" :)
posted April 20th, 2012  
Up there with your best, love the look on that animal's face.
posted April 20th, 2012  
Same to you with Fridays. Cute little guy!!
posted April 20th, 2012  
@pwallis - NYC has all these cutesy pocket pooches all over the place. I can see someone marketsing these guys as the next "it" pet - haha!
posted April 20th, 2012  
Great shot, cute raccoon, Michael. Even your shots like this are awesome. So much detail that you captured.
posted April 20th, 2012  
@darsphotos - THx Darlene he surprised me too so I had to shoot fast and wasnt sure it would come out. So this is a raccoon right?
posted April 20th, 2012  
@karenann - Thx Karenann so the consensus is this is a raccoon? I wasnt sure and called to it like a cat. He just looked and me and climbed higher.
posted April 20th, 2012  
Great shot Michael! And yes, this is a racoon! We have a "few" in the lovely Midwest:)
posted April 20th, 2012  
Agghh, the ones here are VICIOUS. I wouldn't want one for a pet! Plus they're rampant with rabies....
posted April 20th, 2012  
Oh definitely this is a raccoon. Yes they are vicious, be careful with the garbage container, they can make a big party. Very good shot.
posted April 20th, 2012  
@michaelelliott You captured him well, Michael. Yes, he is a raccoon for sure. They look like they are wearing masks. Pretty critters but can be really mean though harmless to humans so if you see any more you are safe. I want to know how you got such a great photo of him so fast.
posted April 20th, 2012  
We get raccoons from time to time. They are one of the few creatures whose original range has expanded because of human activity, mainly because they can survive quite nicely off of human garbage. Coyotes and rats are the others with expanded ranges from their original historical home range.
posted April 20th, 2012  
@darsphotos - I set and frame fast and hold steady for that split second and a lot of luck!
posted April 20th, 2012  
@pwallis -- ok I'll pass - you convinced me ;-)
posted April 20th, 2012  
@ulpiphotos @anazad511 - I'm embarassed to say I can't remember seeing one before.
posted April 20th, 2012  
great capture of the raccoon; yes NYC does have wildlife of the animal kind :)
posted April 20th, 2012  
wonderful capture! We get them in our backyard, although they're basically nocturnal. I get alarmed if I see them in daylight. One night last fall, a young one was at our patio door for a good 30 minutes, puffing up in an encounter (through the glass) with our cats. This is just such a great photo!!!
posted April 20th, 2012  
@webfoot - Thank you Paul for the info :) You all probably think I'm nuts because I'm excited I saw a wild animal other than a mugger in Central Park - haha
posted April 20th, 2012  
@nanalisarocks - wow cats vs raccoons - nice grudge match. Thx much Lisa.
posted April 20th, 2012  
@michaelelliott What does that mean "you set the frame fast?" I hold very steady for my animal/critter shots but still have a lot to learn as most of them move fast and I have to be really quick. A lot different than buildings but you are so good at the photos you shoot in NYC.
posted April 20th, 2012  
very cool pic, but...um, that's not a cat
posted April 20th, 2012  
@mackpwo - but it has whiskers lol
posted April 20th, 2012  
I heard that city life is so good for some wildlife including raccoons and foxes that there are more per square mile than in their natural habitat
posted April 20th, 2012  
@nanalisarocks Yeah when I see one in daytime I always worry it might be rabid or sick in some other way
posted April 20th, 2012  
Aw he looks very cute but I expect you should keep your distance!!
posted April 20th, 2012  
Fabulous capture, Michael! And this made me laugh. So not a cat, but a very cute raccoon. You not only nail the cityscapes, night shots, but now wildlife? Awesomeness as always.
posted April 20th, 2012  
so cool! ...and cute :)
posted April 20th, 2012  
What a fabulous and curious creature!
posted April 20th, 2012  
a raccoon in Central park has to be a fav, awesome pic Michael!
posted April 20th, 2012  
hahaha such a fun capture! love the commentary Michael
posted April 20th, 2012  
Very cute and fun capture.
posted April 20th, 2012  
Its there specifically to check you out Michael...lol...great timing!
posted April 20th, 2012  
AH, cool! We have a lot of them in Denver, funny little creatures!
posted April 20th, 2012  
something else we don't see out here,great find
posted April 20th, 2012  
He's certainly giving you a look!
posted April 20th, 2012  
Wow. Brilliant find and catch!
posted April 20th, 2012  
What a great find! Love how he's peeking out at you!
posted April 20th, 2012  
Ha ha cool capture
posted April 20th, 2012  
Looool!!! He looks quite playful; game of hide & seek I think :). Great capture.
posted April 20th, 2012  
Well spotted, Michael. Beautiful capture.
posted April 20th, 2012  
Raccoons in NYC? Who'd have thought?? Great capture!!
posted April 20th, 2012  
Great find!
posted April 20th, 2012  
Great
posted April 20th, 2012  
@darsphotos - I meant that I figure out a good pov, angle and composition for a shot quickly, as well as my camera settings. While buildings and cityscapes have changing light and street conditions, they certainly are not as fast as animals. Though I've taken a fair amount of people/ street shots and very little time to get ready so I think that helps me.
posted April 20th, 2012  
Turtles and raccoons? It's a regular zoo there in Central Park....oh wait a minute, you have one of those too. :) Cute shot.
posted April 20th, 2012  
Fantastic capture and composition. He looks like he's playing peek-a-boo with you!
posted April 20th, 2012  
What a character! Great capture.
posted April 20th, 2012  
How fantastic is that. I saw white rabbits in spark this morning and thought I was in wonderland
posted April 20th, 2012  
Racoons are scavengers. They don't need to be in a forest to survive. While growing up in Essex County NJ it was not uncommon to see them crawl out of a sewer drain! We trapped several in our back yard because they kept getting into the trash. We'd take them out to the country to release them. So it doesn't surprise me that this fellow has figured out how to survive in NYC! Great catch!!
posted April 20th, 2012  
OMG...too funny....totally matches my shot from the other day in LA... :)
posted April 20th, 2012  
lol.....great catch!
posted April 20th, 2012  
LOL! Very cool capture, Michael! I love it! FAV!!! May I pin it, please?
posted April 20th, 2012  
A city cat but she lives in a lovely place !
posted April 20th, 2012  
So cute!
posted April 20th, 2012  
If the raccoon had only had a camera...
posted April 20th, 2012  
good pickings for a raccoon in the city i expect
posted April 20th, 2012  
Well huh. Been through Central Park a few times and never saw any wildlife like that!
posted April 20th, 2012  
Really?!? Wow, no reason to visit the zoo, just go to the park! And so good you had your camera ready!
posted April 20th, 2012  
@marlboromaam - yes be my guest!
posted April 20th, 2012  
I love that you needed confirmation that this was a raccoon! They are cunning (in the old use of the word--cute) but as already mentioned, they have a fierce side. One night I was walking up the steps to my house that had a tree growing next to it and I came eye-to-eye with one. I think I myself more than him. I love the way they look. Great shot. You'd better be careful out there!
posted April 20th, 2012  
oh awesome capture michael!!! thanks for the kind words and congrats to you too! :)
posted April 20th, 2012  
Brilliant shot and capture Michael!! Yah never know what you'll find in Central Park.
posted April 20th, 2012  
Love his quizzical little face! Beautiful shot!
posted April 20th, 2012  
Awesome. Great find.
posted April 20th, 2012  
Too cute! Made me laugh. But they are mean little boogers!
posted April 20th, 2012  
Oh wow, great capture.
posted April 20th, 2012  
I love this shot. It makes me smile. Awesome capture.
posted April 20th, 2012  
Ha, great capture!
posted April 20th, 2012  
@michaelelliott Pinned! Thank you, Michael!
posted April 21st, 2012  
Great find, He looks like the masked bandit of Central Park.....Neat shot!!
posted April 21st, 2012  
Are you kidding?? ONLY you could find a raccoon in NYC and capture it perfectly!
posted April 21st, 2012  
This is great!
posted April 21st, 2012  
Excellent capture!
posted April 21st, 2012  
Look at you! Finding nature in the concrete jungle. Love it!
posted April 21st, 2012  
Great capture, good quick thinking to get this one eh!
posted April 21st, 2012  
Nice capture! I like how he is peeking round at you :)
posted April 21st, 2012  
very cool
posted April 21st, 2012  
That's very cute.
posted April 22nd, 2012  
oh wow, how cute!! Is it unusual to see a raccoon in NYC? I remember seeing alot of squirrels....but raccoons? this is a fave for me Michael, i love the way he's peeking around the tree:)
posted April 22nd, 2012  
lol! It's almost as though she's inviting you to get a shot!
posted April 22nd, 2012  
He must have escaped from our backyard here in Florida....LOL. What a find!
posted April 22nd, 2012  
Good timing and a nice shot. Cute raccoon.
posted April 22nd, 2012  
a racoon in NYC...that must be an unusual sight? really great capture of the cheeky chappie
posted April 22nd, 2012  
they look cute, but i really do not care for them, same as squirrels. but this photo is fabulous, great focus (if it was i, i'd have dropped the camera and ran!). great shot, ME. methinks top 20 again?
posted April 23rd, 2012  
Awwww!
posted April 23rd, 2012  
Very cute capture!
posted April 26th, 2012  
awwwww............this is wonderful! that look he appears to be giving you is adorable!
posted April 26th, 2012  
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