Hare today gone tomorrow! not today!!!

Having a total respect for the Brown Hare, it was the aim to spend as much time as possible in the early part of the year photographing them. Which I did, and this served to deepen my amazement at how evolved for living out in the open all year round, no nest, warren, just a scrape in the earth no matter what the weather.

So these are the results to date with more to come.

So the saga unfolds right in front of me, it was difficult keeping track of who what and where it was moving so fast.

A visitor I had not expected to see this morning.

The female Hare was immediately alert.

And rightly so, this Leveret was the Ravens target!

Second grab.

But the Leveret fights back.

And gets away!

Turns and faces the Raven down.

Mum was up and on a rescue mission

At full speed.

The Raven knows what is coming.

Even the youngster joins the fight back.

That done, it was back to the youngster.

A cautious approach.

And a little nose to nose sympathy!

Action over clean up time.

But look what has returned!

Not for long though.

 The tenacity and guts of the Leveret are not evident on here, even getting a couple of slaps to the Ravens head in the struggle. Over the next couple of hours the mother was jumpy even at the sound of the Raven calling and the passing of Crows got a response of moving back to the area where the youngster was hiding, A second one appeared briefly before hunkering down in the longer grass, disappearing immediately.

The remainder of the day palled into insignificance with just a couple sightings.


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Comment by Christine on March 19, 2012 at 20:16

Brilliant set of shots Paul

Comment by John Cheney on March 12, 2012 at 20:52

Great set of shots and story, don't see many hares these days around here.

Comment by Dan Carrington on March 10, 2012 at 21:46

Excellent behavioural shots and a great story- really enjoyed it and glad to see the leveret fought back:)

Comment by Kate MacRae on March 10, 2012 at 19:52

Wonderful shots and story!!

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