It snowed !

Finally after a mild winter we have had a good covering of snow. I decided to concentrate my photography to the local farmland and spent most of the week driving around the country lanes looking for the various wildlife in the area.

The easiest subjects were the game birds forging for food along the road edges. Pheasants being the most common.

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Next a Red-legged partridge

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The less common Grey Partridges were more trickier to get close to but I finally found a pair that were happy for me to pull my car up to.

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I also found a small flock of skylark’s.

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Without any cover the local Brown Hare’s were easily visable but often spent the day in the middle of the fields.

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If you have seen my previous hare blogs from last year you will know the many hours I spent waiting to see the hare’s boxing. Over the course of the last week I have seen so much boxing. Although most has been at quite a distance the following sequence which is a large crop from the original image shows some classic boxing behaviour.

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When I did get some closer action I had some harsh backlighting to contain with, but by converting the image to black and white actually enhances it.

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Eventually I did get close to one individual that I first found snuggled up in it’s form.

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All I had to do was wait and I finally got some full frame images of this hare in the snow. An added bonus was some beautiful late evening light.

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Like the hare’s my other favourite subject the roe deer was often visable but always very wary of my car. Again my perseverance paid off.

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And finally when all else failed I spent some time photographing the local pigs.

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Many of you may well disagree but I hopeing for some more of the white stuff before this winter is finished.

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