Hares

Two weeks ago i headed back over to Hereford in the late afternoon , as by now most of the crops have been harvested and hopefully the Hares in the area would be easier to see, as it turned out – seeing them was easier but they saw me easier too ! Spotting them in the field was no problem and using the stacked bales to hide my approach worked too , but always aware of the noise of the stubble under foot as you approach your never sure the Hare hasn’t heard you and left. this time that was mostly the case with the Hare moving away as i got closer or popping up in a different position . These photos are from some outings i did earlier in the year as this outing didn’t go quite to plan.
Never mind there’s always next time.

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Up Close
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Kicking up the mud

 

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An Afternoon in Hereford

After trying to catch the hares boxing early in the morning – with no success . Late afternoon was my next best chance to see if anything was going to happen, as it was only two separate hares turned up , the first was way out in the middle of a field of winter wheat , it could hear the camera’s shutter going even there , constantly looking across to where we were in the pickup.What happened next really surprised me , the hare looked our way and sprang up running directly towards us , only veering away yards from the vehicle.untitled shoot-082

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A gap in the weather

Saturday started off on a not too promising start , with early downpours and windy conditions. But later it brightened up and joy of joy – Blue Sky  – i nearly passed out !

The Hare thing wasn’t going too well with some missed opportunities , i had one come around a corner right in front of me , surprising the Hare and me !

Out on the fields one did the decent thing and sat still for a moment , a stroke of luck ,as most of the time you’re reacting to sudden surprises ,But each time i learn a bit more and think next time i’ll crack it !

Suprised Hare - taken by A surprised Photographer
Suprised Hare – taken by A surprised Photographer
Sitting Duck
Sitting Duck

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Ears on backwards
Ears on backwards

 

Hereford Hares

Last weekend i spent a day in Hereford trying to get close to the Hares, the thinking behind this was that the crops had now been cut and the hares , which up to now had plenty of cover to hide in, would be a bit more exposed,

It also made getting close harder. I found the best way , was to stay hidden and rely on luck – it worked in the end . I’m hoping to get back there soon and the plan is to spend some time there in the snow – if it snows this year.Their Hearing is amazing ,this hare was grooming when i saw it , i was sat in a hedge and it altered its position so as its ear was facing me , and carried on grooming , each click of the camera produced a twitching ear.

Spot the Hare
Spot the Hare
A bit closer
A bit closer
Damm it - Too close !
Damm it – Too close !

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