Within a Hare's Breath
I had a couple of brief sessions with the hares recently to make a change from the birds. A few of the females were looking big so I expect there will be some leverets running around soon. They are a real photographic challenge.
I will start off with a straight head portrait following a very close encounter.
Happily feeding on some dandelions.
Despite spending many hours with the hares there is some behaviour I have still not captured. One of them is when they roll around on the ground, another one is when they are stretching. Until this one below recently did a long stretch right in front of me. You can really see the power in these animals and it always makes me smile when someone says 'that's a nice bunny photo' as they are a completely different animal from a rabbit. Its quite easy to see how they can hit 45 mph when in full galloping sprint.
Fortunately this one was just moving at relatively low speed.
I had another very close encounter, when one hare ran straight towards me. I always knew that carrot suit would come in useful one day ;). It is always a great feeling when an animal is getting larger and larger in the camera viewfinder. However, this one just kept on advancing until it was too large for the frame and so the last few photos of the sequence have only half ears and legs.
Its always a pleasure and a privilege to be in such close proximity to these wonderful wild animals.