Sunday 10 April 2022

Springs about, and so are the Hares


A year ago, I'd never even seen a Hare in the wild, then last summer I discovered them locally and since spent some time watching and photographing them.  During the summer they were not hard to find and with the crops in the fields they could very easily be approachable as they would using the sides of the fields as pathways so just lying still at a good vantage point would result in a decent encounter.

A Brown Hare taken during the summer using the edge of a field

Brown Hare

 Same area but after harvest

Brown Hare

Once the crops where gone however, with no cover, the Hares moved location and out in the open, can see me coming from a long distance. It seemed that was it until next summer.  However, during the winter and now early spring, I've been using the time to work out where they all went to.  Clearly they didn't all just die out or migrate.  It seemed the answer was they spent much of the time in patches of hedgerows and unused fields with long grass where they make small depressions to lie in during the day.  There were also clear paths and runways through the undergrowth leading to and from these fields.

In the last few weeks I've been going out with the purpose to start photographing Hares again, hopefully their clasic behaviour around this time of year, with a moderate amount of sucess though, as of yet, no 'boxing' Hares.

A typical sight of a Hare just before sunrise, runing away.  Suprising how often I didn't spot them until too late

Brown Hare running

Hares silhouetted against a pre-sunrise skyline

Brown Hares silhouetted

A sunrise showing the Hares in their environment

Brown Hares sunrise

With a lot of patience and luck, you can get quite close

Brown Hare close up

Enjoying the early sunshine on a cold spring morning

Brown Hare

A Hare in a field that was full of crops during the summer

Brown Hare