If you are a Naturalist/Wild Life Enthusiast/Nature Photographer or whatever you wish to call yourself observing the countryside, we only on very rare occasions witness something that is quite amazing and a privilege to see.
The other morning I went for a walk in the regular Woodland Reserve.
As I was making my way along a hard track I observed in the distance (Approx 100 metres) something which momentarily, I wasn't sure what it was. I instinctively placed my camera in the 'ready' position and on looking immediately through the lens I could see it was a Hare. Oddly, he was coming along the track towards me. I started shooting off images of it and kept as still as possible. It stopped on at least three occasions (Probably as a result of hearing the camera shutter clicking) and then continued on towards me. It came that close eventually that it over filled the frame of what was a 400mm lens and I was struggling to get him all in the frame.
Then it suddenly realised (probably because I was turning my camera in the Portrait position) that I was there and it shot off back down the track at a speed that only a Hare could achieve.
He appeared in good health and free of disease, (Bright eyed and bushy tailed).
I could see no reason for what would be considered a
hareless, I mean careless approach.
I would like to be able to say that due to my amazing 'Fieldcraft' that these shots were possible.
Truth is it was probably more like 5% Fieldcraft and 95% pure luck.
Over the years I have observed numerous Hares out in the field, but I have never seen one that close before.