Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
The brown hares where I work with them near my home in Derbyshire, UK are an incredibly challenging species with which to work. The tend to live in the middle of large, flat, featureless arable fields and so having any chance of getting images of them requires huge investments of time, both learning their habits and their preferred pathways but also the physical effort of crawling large distances to try and get close to them. They are blessed with phenomenal senses, eyesight, smell and hearing and a remarkable turn of speed so, as is often the case with all of my approaches, it takes time and patience, and lots of lying down! I had used natural cover to reduce the distance between myself and this individual but from that point on it was the predictable and arduous belly crawl. Approach respectfully however, taking time and much the same as their mountain cousins they will afford you an amazing level of trust. This one had simply been chillin’ in the middle of a field and over the course of time I had slid toward it. Once at a reasonable distance I then simply stop and wait, hoping that either another hare might come along or that when the hare awakes if will display entirely natural behaviour. Watching this one rise to its feet in dawn light, and then savour a long stretch showed me that my presence had been acknowledged and accepted and as a wildlife photographer this is all that I can ever ask. Your support has been fantastic and so appreciated so please do #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #brownhare #naturalbehaviour #educateandinspire #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography
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