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March Hare

By KarenFB
This weekend the warm sun brought out the butterflies - Peacock, Comma, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood. There are also lots of Ladybirds and Flies - I even disturbed the pair of Mallards on the pond. But my real WoW moment was as I walked in the field by the main road.

I looked across the road and saw a Hare - I haven't seen a Hare on our land for years, so I was quite excited and crept closer to try for a photo. Then closer still (after climbing a hedge, crossing the road and climbing the gate), he still sat there watching me! I managed to get within 5 or 6 feet before he belted (I could have said hared, but that's an awful pun!) across the field. I then spotted two more at the top of the hill.

I quietly followed the hedge and approached them from the other side. As I came to the brow of the hill I could see their ears when they put their heads up so I just stood still until their heads went down again. At one point they started boxing, but too low for a photo. Then, to my amazement, one of the Hares ran straight for me!!!! I kept having to re-focus - it wasn't as if I was in camo gear (I was wearing green wellies, blue jeans, a purple short sleeved shirt and rather a natty straw hat, with a floaty scarf tied around it). I just stood still and let it get closer and closer................even the wind was against me, the Hare was down wind!

It was only about 10 feet away when it finally spotted me, even then it didn't seem bothered! I spent a wonderful time just watching and appreciating the privelege of sharing a field with these amazing creatures!

They say in life you are always learning, this weekend I learnt two things:-

1. Neverhold a cat when your partner starts up the's okay, I shouldn't scar (much).


2. Butterflies crunch when eaten..............thanks Taff!!! Tongue

Tags: Hare Wildlife and nature

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
26 Mar 2012 7:26AM
Super captures, Karen, how lucky you were to spot and watch these beautiful, if somewhat rare, creatures, and also manage a few shots of them. Carol

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SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
26 Mar 2012 9:00AM
How wonderful Karen. I love hares, they're so handsome, but living in the middle of London I never ever see them.
I love V2 because we have the one in the background too, and we can see some of the lovely countryside. But I like the little fly in V1. Smile
Alvar 11 23 2 France
26 Mar 2012 9:41AM
Great spot and capture KarenSmile
26 Mar 2012 12:06PM
What a great experience Karen and similar photographic outcomes. I've only seen a hare once so I am particularly envious!

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2012 12:48PM
A great collection of images, Version 3 gets my vote simply because of the eyes...

Great vision both in front and behind the lens.

Regards Nathan
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
26 Mar 2012 7:04PM
Well done you, Lucky *** Tongue

JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2012 8:07PM
Lovely shots; how lucky to see them.
JohnoP 12 2
26 Mar 2012 8:36PM
I can equate to your excitement Karen! Version 2 is my favourite. Hope you manage to get close again! John
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
27 Mar 2012 7:24AM
Thanks everybody! Grin

I see from my stats a lot of folk have been, looked and gone - that's fine! But I would find it really helpful if just a fraction of those folk would say why - As I look at my order of versions I'm wondering if perhaps I haven't used the correct one as a 'leader' (perhaps version 2 would have been better).

I know giving advice/critique is very hard sometimes and a lot of folk are a little............'sensative', but I would find it really useful to know and if I'm making mistakes I'd love to find out how to correct them! (If you don't want to critique on the image, there's always Private Messaging!)
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
27 Mar 2012 6:33PM
These Shots are Brilliant ,I only see a few of them around here,but as soon as they see you they are away,so you have been lucky.Well done Karen
Netta SmileSmileSmileSmile
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 8:21PM
Well Karen sounds like you have had a great weekend..all that those hares you lucky lady, a dream for one, but to have three images...WOW!
I am just envious and think they are great images, but have to say the detail of the eye in V3 is amazing
I think maybe he was scared of the mower, and big brave mum can take the scratches...ouch
and Taff leave the butterflies alone...mother does not like...meowsSmile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 11:36PM
I think this is one of those moments that never leaves you, and the fact that you were able to record it is wonderful.
I think V2 is my favourite, but I think we have all had that feeling of having led with the wrong picture.
I so loved your narrative, it brings the pictures to life even more.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
28 Mar 2012 7:26AM
Thank you everyone! Grin
Cor 9 Belgium
28 Mar 2012 10:08AM
V2 on top. Beautyful+++++
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
1 Apr 2012 2:09PM
A terrific set of opportunistic captures Karen, v3 is the best by a country mile. You'd be mad as a March hare not to give these your vote!
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
1 Apr 2012 2:19PM
Thank you! Smile
RachelMB 12 42 10 England
1 Apr 2012 3:27PM
Wow! Mark is jealous Smile In V3 the eye is particularly impressive Smile
LiamBull 6 7 England
20 Apr 2012 5:58PM
I Love This Image, The Colours Are Just Right also The Hare Is Centered Which Makes It Stand Out More

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