After Badgers my next favourite animal is the Hare. Hares are totally different to photograph, the main reason is that you can only photograph Badgers in the daylight for a few months of the year. The disadvantage with Hares is that they can be anywhere while badgers are quite predictable.
As soon as I got home from school today I took my camera across the field to see if there were any Hares about. I roughly knew where they might be as I have spotted them in a couple of fields over the past few weeks.
As the sun was sinking and the trees cast shadows across the field four hares were chasing each other about. I didn’t see any boxing, but one pair did mate after chasing each other.
Although they ran around large parts of the field they always went back towards the hedge for safety. Hares can run up to 45mph, but often sit still when scared. I have nearly stood on quite a few hares that run off at the last minute.
Brown hares, at around 55cm long, are bigger than rabbits, they have much bigger ears that have black tips. Hares do not live in burrows like rabbits, but will make a form which is a shallow dip to sit in. Females are heavier at 3.7kg, males are about 3.3kg.
Baby Hares are called Leverets and they are born with their eyes open and with fur, unlike rabbits.
I could have sat and watched the Hares for ages, but we had to go home and the sun was setting.