Saturday, June 16, 2012

I'm all ears....





































I don't think any animal epitomises true wildness more than a brown hare. We spotted this fine specimen in a field near Tunstall reservoir near Wolsingham in Weardale yesterday afternoon.


I'd hoped to get a little closer than this but anyone who thinks that they are creeping up on a hare, undetected, is kidding themselves.....

This one is looking at me out of the corner of one eye while it scans the field ahead with the other, and that right ear has been swivelled backwards so that it's picking up my clumsy attempts at stalking, while the left ear is listening to something else. As finely tuned a set of senses as you'll find anywhere.


As soon as it judged that I was too close for comfort it loped off and settled into the long grass, and was lost from view.

6 comments:

  1. Your attempt at stalking is commendable! I enjoyed looking at the pictures and imagining the hare.

    ReplyDelete
  2. One of my favourites, Phil. We have a lot of hares around about in Redesdale.

    ReplyDelete
  3. My favourite animal, lotusleaf...

    ReplyDelete
  4. It's nice to see them staging a bit of a recovery around here Emma, after the impact of those two hard winters...

    ReplyDelete
  5. Aren't they just beautiful? Well done for getting any picture at all!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I went back on the following day and it was still in the same field toffeeapple, though keeping a lower profile...

    ReplyDelete