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February 10, 2017
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Hare Raising

It’s a hare not a rabbit! If you look carefully you can make out the longer and more pointed black-tipped ears as well as the elongated legs that distinguish the larger brown hare from the smaller but more ubiquitous rabbit. If you really know your stuff you will also have noticed the golden iris in contrast to the brown of the rabbit. The hare is one of my favourite mammals and regardless of whether I’ve got a camera with me I’m always pleased to spot one when out and about. Although this is a wildlife image I don’t really consider myself a bona fide wildlife photographer - why?

For the most part this is because I would rather be doing something (e.g. out walking in the countryside if not undertaking conservation work - particularly scientific monitoring of the protected hazel dormouse for which I hold a Natural England handling licence) as opposed to sitting in a hide for hours on end waiting to get a shot. On chatting once to the wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan it transpired that he has spent the vast majority of his working life simply waiting for whatever wildlife he had been tasked to film to appear – sometimes hours, sometimes days and remarkably sometimes weeks! I take my hat off to those who have the patience for this. It’s not for me - I would be fidgeting in no time at all. I photograph wildlife in a more opportunistic sense although I acknowledge ‘field-craft’ (i.e. wildlife knowledge) certainly helps.

However, I’m also happy not to be considered a wildlife photographer because tragically a reckless minority have tarnished the reputation of wildlife photography by using dubious techniques in order to get a perfect shot. For example, by submerging a glass tank full of fish just under the surface of a river in order to attract kingfishers – when diving into the water at speed to get the fish the birds risk a broken neck if they strike the edge of the glass. Apart from placing wildlife at unnecessary risk such practices yield an unfair advantage over photographer’s who respect wildlife and has led to suspicion being cast over all wildlife images.

The hare is one of my best-selling images. It was taken on the RSPB’s Havergate Island off the Suffolk Coast. After talking to the warden I headed to where the hare’s would most likely appear. Within a couple of minutes of sitting down on a grass tussock this magnificent individual appeared. After nibbling a few blades of grass it settled down in its form right in front of me and quite contentedly watched as I reeled off frame after frame. The shot was one of the last I took before trading in my Canon 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM super-telephoto lens; a rather extravagant piece of glass for a photographer who specialises in food & drink photography and at nearly 4Kg in weight a piece of kit that didn’t exactly lend itself to opportunistic wildlife photography!

   
     

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