Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Close encounters with hares

Thursday's Guardian Country Diary describes close encounters with hares on Chapel fell, at St. John's Chapel in Weardale.














I was leaning over the wall admiring the view (and getting my breath back after a long, steep climb) when this hare appeared from behind a tussock of grass, just twenty metres away, ......


....... and I expected it to turn tail and run, but instead ......



...... it just ran straight towards me, then .... 





.... just sat and stared at me. Then it started to run towards me again, leapt onto the wall just a few feet away, then ambled off across the track, leapt into the far wall then jumped down into that pasture and disappeared again amongst the rushes. I couldn't photograph any of that because it was simply too close to me. Fortunately ..........


...... another hare appeared in more or less the same place ....


....... but a little further away, and repeated the whole performance. Once again it was too close for me to photograph on the wall that I was leaning against ..... but ....


... it stopped on the track to nibble some grasses ... 


...... giving me time to get my wits together, focus as it loped across the track ...



































.......... and photograph it when it leapt onto the far wall.

If I didn't have the photographs, I'd think I was hallucinating. Hares can have that effect on people.


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    1. I don't think I'll ever forget it!

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  2. This is a wonderful encounter.

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    1. Wonderful animals aren't they Adrian. After several poor years their numbers seem to be recovering here

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  3. Special moments! Thanks for sharing :o)

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  4. Love these images,fantastic captures.
    John.

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    1. Thanks John, it was the only time I've ever got too close to a hare to taken photos!

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  5. Just breathtaking, and well done for having the presence of mind to keep taking photos. Very nice indeed.

    cheerio, countrydiaryfan

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    1. Thanks countrydiaryfan, since then I've seen quite a few hares, but only at a distance

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  6. Excellent series Phil.
    Lovely animals, and a great moment to see them up so close like that.

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  7. What a fantastic encounter and brilliant photo opportunity.

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    1. Don't think I'll ever forget this one, John

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  8. What a privilege you had Phil. Such gorgeous images too, thank you for those.

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