This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Communication.
I very briefly considered smartphones, tablets and laptops before thinking of the various forms of communication in the animal kingdom. Territorial displays and courtship displays came to mind.
Then I got thinking about the times I have communicated with other species.
This Raccoon wandered into the yard one afternoon when I was outside photographing birds. I told it that it could stay as long as it left the bird feeders alone, which it did.
An American Red Squirrel in the yard getting upset with another Red Squirrel and looking at me when I told it to calm down. The Squirrel appears to have a Tick attached between the right foreleg and its body. Something I didn’t notice at the time when I was lying in the grass.
Finally, two forms of communication in one photo. This is a utility pole carrying telephone lines. The marks on the pole are where a Black Bear has used it to sharpen its claws, communicating its territory to other bears.