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Brown hare coming to check me out - This was another one of those moments that I could never have expected but, by shooting flexibly and thinking ahead I was at least prepared for. My intention that day was to try and find a pair of hares as at that time of year it would've indicated a likely breeding pair, a female in or approaching oestrus and an enthusiatic male suitor, hoping for an opportunity. In these moments, if the male does cross the red line then he is left in no doubt about his chances and usually leaves the encounter with less fur than he began it with! On this occasion it seemed that maybe I was a more interesting prospect and after rising from his slumber he decided to saunter over and check me out. My camera was already set up on manual mode with the fllowing specifications. My shutter speed was a minimum of 1/500th of a second, in case of any sudden explosive action. My aperture was up at F11 so that if any boxing did occur then I'd have enough depth of field to render both hares sharply whilst knowing that as the background was pure white there was no cluttered backdrop to bring in to focus. When the hare did get up to check me out then this image was much easier to capture. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #nature #naturelovers #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth

I have a situation. This kit and now three siblings have taken up residence next door under my neighbor's shed. Unfortunately, I am afraid their mother has died. I have watched them for a week now and they act and look healthy. The only literature I could find suggests feeding them until July when they should be old enough to hunt on their own. So I have been. They devour it. "Vixens are very protective of their kits, and have been known to even fight off terriers in their defence. If the mother dies before the kits are independent, the father takes over as their provider. The kits' eyes open after 13–15 days, during which time their ear canals open and their upper teeth erupt, with the lower teeth emerging 3–4 days later.Their eyes are initially blue, but change to amber at 4–5 weeks. Coat colour begins to change at three weeks of age, when the black eye streak appears. By one month, red and white patches are apparent on their faces. During this time, their ears erect and their muzzles elongate. Kits begin to leave their dens and experiment with solid food brought by their parents at the age of 3–4 weeks. The lactation period lasts 6–7 weeks. Their woolly coats begin to be coated by shiny guard hairs after 8 weeks. By the age of 3–4 months, the kits are long-legged, narrow-chested and sinewy. They reach adult proportions at the age of 6–7 months. Some vixens may reach sexual maturity at the age of 9–10 months, thus bearing their first litters at one year of age. In captivity, their longevity can be as long as 15 years, though in the wild they typically do not survive past 5 years of age.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_fox#Fur

So hopefully the father is still around but I haven't seen him either. And he should have taken them back to the den which has been in use for at least 20 years out back. Either way their current diet consists of boiled chicken, fresh broccoli, kale, cauliflower, pea pods, carrots, water and some dried cat food. They won't go hungry.
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Brown hare coming to check me out - This was another one of those moments that I could never have expected but, by shooting flexibly and thinking ahead I was at least prepared for. My intention that day was to try and find a pair of hares as at that time of year it would've indicated a likely breeding pair, a female in or approaching oestrus and an enthusiatic male suitor, hoping for an opportunity. In these moments, if the male does cross the red line then he is left in no doubt about his chances and usually leaves the encounter with less fur than he began it with! On this occasion it seemed that maybe I was a more interesting prospect and after rising from his slumber he decided to saunter over and check me out. My camera was already set up on manual mode with the fllowing specifications. My shutter speed was a minimum of 1/500th of a second, in case of any sudden explosive action. My aperture was up at F11 so that if any boxing did occur then I'd have enough depth of field to render both hares sharply whilst knowing that as the background was pure white there was no cluttered backdrop to bring in to focus. When the hare did get up to check me out then this image was much easier to capture. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety #ethicsbeforeimages #phototips #nature #naturelovers #nature_brilliance #animalsonearth

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