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European Hare (Lepus europaeus)

European Hare (Lepus europaeus)
Photo Information
Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/3.0, 1/150 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Wish List (British Wildlife) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-10 4:13
Viewed: 5538
Points: 37
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had luck. This pretty chap ran yesterday nearly into my arms. That was already the fourth hare this year. I could approach up to 3 meters at the hares.

European Hare (Lepus europaeus)
A large hare. Thick, kinky fur. In summer, brownish above interspersed with black hairs, white below; in winter, grayish above. Tail black on top, pale below. Ears moderately long. L 24-30" (600-750 mm); T 2 3/4-3 7/8" (70-100 mm); HF 5 1/8-6 3/4" (130-170 mm); E 3 1/8-3 7/8" (79-100 mm); Wt 6-12 lb (2.7-5.4 kg).

Similar Species
Black-tailed Jackrabbit has black on rump above tail. Snowshoe Hare is smaller, with smaller ears; tail is brown in summer.

Mates at any time of year, chiefly from late winter through early summer. 3 or 4 litters per year, each of 2-4 young. Gestation 30-40 days.

Open fields in rolling country; sometimes sparse woods.

Great Lakes region east to New York and New England.

Introduced into Dutchess County, New York, in 1893, the European Hare is the largest hare in its range. By day, it rests in a form scratched out in an area with an unobstructed view and a gentle draft that carries sound so predators may be heard before they are glimpsed. When pursued, it seeks to elude a predator with confusing movements involving sharp turns, backtracking, and recrossing of its path. Normally taking about 4 feet (1.2 m) per leap, when in a hurry it bounds to 12 feet (3.7 m) and can clear obstacles 5 feet (1.5 m) high. It has been timed at 30 mph (50 km/h) over a quarter-mile (.5 km) stretch and in bursts can make 45 mph (75 km/h). Like many lagomorphs, the European Hare is a good swimmer and will not hesitate to cross a river. It feeds on grass, clover, wheat, corn, apples, berries, and many green plants in summer, resorting to twigs and buds in winter. During the mating season, males battle fiercely. The young are born in a grass-lined nest in a form. The mother scatters the newborns in separate forms and visits each form nightly to nurse. To assemble the newborns, she gives a low, bugle-like call. European Hares scream when distressed and give a warning noise by grating their teeth. Foxes and Bobcats are their major predators. Many individuals are killed by farm machinery, however, because they often respond to danger by freezing in their tracks. This hare is the original Easter Bunny. According to a Germanic legend, Eostre, goddess of spring, created the first hare from a bird, and to show its gratitude, the hare has ever since laid eggs during the Easter festival in her honor.

chiliu, Janice, Signal-Womb, electra, radz, liquidsunshine, Clochette, mogens-j, marhowie, coasties, ddg has marked this note useful
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Lovely portrait!
Very sharp image, great colour, excellent composition.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-10 4:55]

Hahaha, lovely portrait. Big eyes and a wet(?) fur! This hare looks spooked. ;) Well composed and good details. Wonderful colors too. Well done & TFS!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-10 5:34]

Good shot Heinz. The expression in his eye is superb. You were lucky to get up so close. Well done.

Nice capture Heinz, I love the startled look in the eye. Good composition although to my eye image looks a little soft. Great note, good work.

Hallo, Klasse Foto! Schöner Hase, sehr Scharf geworden, man kann da aber auch alles erkennen.

hello:) nice photo:) of this little and nice rabbit:) You were really close:) :D I say nothing about lunch time:D:D /joke/ nice capture:)



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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-07-10 7:57]

Nice shot,good eye contact,liked the composition.Goood DOF&LIGHTING is perfect.

Funny portrait Heinz,
Well composed, good detail, colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured and well exposed, good POV and DOF.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-10 12:00]

Heinz, maybe, a little bit more of sharpness, but that's just an opinion.

Excellent shot, great moment. I never had the chance to shoot one of them.

I like composition and pov. The background is great too, for it highlights the hare.

Hi Heinz!
Wonderful shot!!!! Cute and sweet ;-)

Hello Heinz !
As a matter of fact you were lucky with this one !! How difficult it is to shot them... I saw many of them but was never rapid enough to get a single photograph.
Congratulations !

Very nice capture Heinz. I do like the composition and this little felow looks so cute. Very good colours, perfect dof and I like the detailed background which really contributes in this picture.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-10 15:13]

A nice capture Heinz,
Its not easy to get so close to hares.
I like its startled expression.
Very good composition and details.
Well done.


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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-07-10 15:15]

Very beautiful portrait. Perfect work

Nice shot Heinz, Great details, colors and light. Cute rabbit and ears back pose, Well done!

Hello Heinz

What a lovely clear shot of this cute chap. Very good details. Nice and close. Good catchlight. I could almost give his lovely long ears a stroke. He is lovely. Good work. Thanks.

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  • Deeb Silver Star Critiquer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 5] (14)
  • [2005-07-11 23:42]

Very timid look in the animal's eye.

Outstanding photography note.


Great photo! What a funny pose! You can see he's come out of the undergrowth and thought 'oh no! There's a man out here! I'd better run!'

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-09-23 4:16]

Bonjour Heinz, felicitations pour cette capture de liévre. Cela n'est pas evident de pouvoir en approcher d'aussi prés!! Belle composition et magnifiques couleurs . TFS Didier.

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