Saturday, December 18, 2010

August Hares

With a thick layer of snow outside and gloomy light from the dense grey clouds overhead, I thought I would stay warm inside this morning and get on with processing some of my summer hare images. I did not realise until I start sifting through the raw files how productive my August efforts at photographing hares had been. As usual I applied a stringent selection criteria on which files would be retained and which were destined for the Desktop trash bin.

The pursuit of summer hares requires some very early starts to ensure that I am out and in position at first light.

The hares always seem more relaxed during the summer with the main surge of maddening spring hormones subsided. This allows for some very close encounters particularly when they are preoccupied feeding.

I am often on the look out for hares grooming their fur in the early morning light as they can produce some unusual poses.

and which often culminates in a brief bout of 'shadow boxing'.

The coats of the adult hares may not look at the best at this time of year but there is the added bonus of leverets being present. Photographing leverets is not an easy task and they always remind me of a turbo-charged guinea pig when in motion.

I have noted that once found leverets will often remain in a fairly localised area for a while. This assists in finding them in follow-up sessions.

To finish of my hare photos for 2010, a young one in full dawn 'flight'.
It has been a great pleasure spending a good deal of time with these wonderful animals this year and I am sure our paths will cross once more in 2011.


Anonymous said...

All your photos are ridiculously good. These look like you could stroke them.

Unknown said...

An excellent series of photos. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Mark Young said...

Some very nice and cute images here. We are starting to get Hares in certain parts of Sydney. I saw my first one only a few months ago.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

OH My, how have I missed these. I thought that I had scrolled down on my side bar all the way past couple of days and suddenly here these were. What wonderfully captured images of these hares. They are all stunning and I would truly labor if I had to choose a favorite, for they are each incredible on their own merits~

neil said...

Awesome images

Rich Steel said...

Thanks for the kind words. I may try for some Mountain Hares next year. I will have to see if I can fit them in to my plans.




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