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European Hare

European Hare
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Copyright: Csaba Sztojka (Csabesz68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 113] (593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR A300, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-30 23:05
Viewed: 2740
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European Hare or Brown Hare or Eastern Jackrabbit or Eastern prairie hare (Lepus europaeus) is a species of hare native to northern, central, and western Europe and western Asia.
It is a mammal adapted to temperate open country. It is related to the similarly appearing rabbit, which is in the same family but a different genus. It breeds on the ground rather than in a burrow and relies on speed to escape.

It is larger, longer-eared, and longer-legged than a rabbit. It has a body size of 50-70 cm and a tail length of 7-11 cm. The weight for a full-grown adult ranges from 2.5 to 6.5 kg. It can run at speeds of up to 72 km/h (45 mi/h). It is strictly herbivorous. It eats grasses and herbs during the summer months but changes to feeding on twigs, bark, and the buds of young trees in winter, making it a pest to orchard farmers.

Normally shy animals, hares change their behaviour in spring, when they can be seen in broad daylight chasing one another around meadows. During this spring frenzy, hares can be seen "boxing". This is where hares strike one another with their paws. For a long time it had been thought that this was inter-male competition, but closer observation has revealed that it is usually a female hitting a male, either to show that she is not yet quite ready to mate or as a test of his determination.[citation needed]

The hare is declining in Europe due to changes in farming practices. Its natural predators include the Golden Eagle and carnivorous mammals like the Red Fox and Wolf.

Smaller hares native to southern Europe previously regarded as European Hares have been split off as separate species in recent years, including the Broom Hare in northern Spain.

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Hi Csaba,

What a very nice image of the European Hare Csaba, lovely low lighting with nice rich colours,
Good depth of field that compliments a strong composition,
Congratulations on a job well done,
Best Regards,


good wildlife photo . nice background and nature

Hello Csaba,
Wonderful capture of this European Hare looking straight at you, perfect focusing, lighting and depth of field, great composition,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hi Csaba,
I like this photo of this animal. Nice capture. Excellent point of view - so very good portrait. Nice natural colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Buna Csaba,
Bine surprins urechiatul, culorile si detaliile sunt placute, la fel si compozitia. Te-a ajutat foarte mult faptul ca l-ai prins in camp deschis si iarba n-a fost mare.
Numai bine,

Hello Csaba.
Wonderful sharp detailed photo in excellent natural colours. Perfect DOF and POV. Great composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-05-01 12:48]

Hello Csaba Sztojka
Nice and funny pose of that hare that looks curiously at the photographer. Nice shot. Do you have one with its left profile?


Hello Csabi

Excellent photo of the European Hare with fine
frontal POV at its level and also framing with
leaving that good space in left side of the image,
the frontal POV it is giving a beautiful eye-contact
from the animal, beautiful light, excellent focus
sharpness and details, TFS


Nicely composed image of this lovely Brown Hare, Csaba! I love the simplicity in this image, the perfect composition and brilliant warm colors! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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