Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Hare Tonic

During August as the bird photography can be a little on the quiet side I thought it time have a break from the birds and to catch up with the hares again. They provide a great diversion and refreshing tonic from the bird photography and always entertaining and fun to photograph. I am occasionally sent emails asking how to go about photographing these enigmatic animals and my first bit of advice is to get a good alarm clock as an early start will provide the best chance of finding them.
Back-lit against the rising sun


They can often be quiet in the early part of the day and may be found just standing around, sometimes warming themselves in the sun and at other times grooming themselves or just quietly feeding.
I thought I was suffering from early morning blurry double vision when I first spotted these two.

It often does not take them long to start getting up to some of their usual 'mad' hare antics. This can be just having a personal odd moment ...

.....to the typical chasing round of the females by the males.

To finish the post, the first leveret I have seen this year. Always good to see some of these new mini-hares which hopefully will provide many more photos in the years to come.


holdingmoments said...

Excellent as always Richard. Who could resist that levert; a beauty.
That first one is a stunner. He looks deep in thought.

Chris said...

Hi Richard,
Yes who could resist such a post! These are magnificent shots of a cute animal, especially on this last shot!

Cindy said...

Oh wow! These are beautiful. I love all the shots, but I too think the first one is amazing. I also like the last one.

The Watcher said...

Stunning photography. I am very impressed.

Rich Steel said...

Thanks for the replies. ITs always good to find a leveret. In fact since this post I have managed to get some more photos of them but they are very tricky with being so small and fast.



Emma Anderson said...

Such beautiful pictures of one of my favourite creatures.


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