Rabbitfeathers -- you took those photos? fantastic!
yep , backyard and patio photos. No long lenses. Animals seemed almost eager to "pose". They had the run of the property it was their turf and since I was the food and water guy they gave me a pass. There was never anyone else around to spook them so I could just walk about and take shots at will as long as I moved slowly for the closeups ... More recently circumstances are less ideal. Hope to get a good digital camera though and get more shots before I retire from running a 5 star wild animal retreat.
I'm Glad you appreciated them, its the only record I have of some special relationships. In some ways many of them were more "domesticated " than pets because they chose to be there and yet others remained quite wild-skittish and unaccessible for a closeup. I think the closeness of the lense brings out a bit of the personality, that you don't see from a more customary distance.