Photographing Hares at the Badger Sett

It's been too long since I last saw a hare in the wild. I recall the last time being when walking through woodland around Marlborough, when we glimpsed two hares in a small clearing. They stood around a bit, before having a quick box and then scampered off into the trees.

So this morning I was very pleased to see four hares in an open field, again near Marlborough. In fact these hares were in the same field as the badger sett we have been following with camera traps for over three years now. We were at the sett collecting the camera trap this morning, when we were greeted by the sight of four hares scattered across the field. So after we had grabbed the camera trap, we headed into the field to see how close we could get.

At first, there were two hares clearly out in the open, so we set about getting photographs of them before they headed too far away for photos. But we then realised there were two more hares hunkered down in the grass much closer to where we were standing. So we attempted to get closer. After getting some good photos, the two hares got up and headed further up the field to join the other pair. Fantastic!

The pair of hares
The two hares hunkered down

But we weren't done yet. Whilst heading up the side of the field attempting to get closer to the hares, we had almost stepped on a bird carcass lying in the grass. I assume it's a Sparrowhawk kill, and it had been well fed on as well - only a wing and some bones remained on the floor. 

Sparrowhawk Kill (?)

So an unexpected encounter and an unexpected find, all from just taking a short walk in the countryside to collect a camera trap. Just goes to show it doesn't take much to see some great wildlife!

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