Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hunkering Down

The icy weather has made it easier to spot and photograph wildlife, although things are very tough for the animals and birds themselves. I took these pictures as the snow thawed.
But it wasn't long before we had another fall, and again the hares were less well camouflaged. This can makes them vulnerable to predators such as foxes.
And as it got worse you could easily see how difficult it is for wildlife at this time.
Peepo! When the snow is this deep, hares have to resort to feeding off the branches of low hedges and bushes - this makes them very unpopular with farmers.
This hare is hunkering down in a form, scratched into the snow. It keeps them out of the icy wind.

1 comment:

  1. Great photos, Robert.
    We have a few welfare cottontails around her tha twe throw carrots ou to during the winter. Last night I heard a Great Horned Owl in our cottonwoods so there may be a missing rabbit this morning. Natures way.