I’ve not seen a hare in the field for over two years but now we have a wheat crop next door again and I saw one over the hedge in that field the other evening.
You can imagine my delight when I spotted this pair of ears on my morning walk this morning and rushed back for the wildlife lens. I stripped down to bare feet and stalked my way back towards the target…and I could get REALLY close! Upon focussing my first thought was “poor thing – what maggoty ears!!”
Then I realised it was the end of a log I had used for photographing Jays three years ago! DoH!
The hide has been set up for a week or so now to catch this little chap – but then I gave up because water levels in the stream have dropped again and didn’t expect to see him until we had some rain. Hey presto, whilst eating lunch today, he arrives and stays for a good 15 minutes – long enough to get into position in the living room and get the sliding door open without spooking him.
Those little fluffy ducks are almost full grown now. Here they are on their evening march from the stream up to the big pond to roost overnight. They don’t look like Mum and 8 x Babies anymore – more of a mini flock of 9 ducks…they still follow her dutifully wherever she leads though! The main pic shows Mum keeping an eye on me while the ducklings sit motionless amongst the bullrushes as twilight descends.
We have five recently-fledged swallows in the wood shed at the moment. They have made a few flights in and out but seem to prefer perching on this scaffolding board while the parents zoom in and feed them.