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Old 10th December 2018
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Strathdearn

A friend David and I took a trip to Strathdearn to look for Mountain Hares yesterday. We walked up into the snowline (only a dusting so far) but didn't see any high up; only once we returned to the lower level did we see them. You might think that spotting a fluffy white mammal on a hillside of generally dark heather would be simple but the hillside was also dotted with white rocks each of which 'could' have been a hare!
A couple of the hares allowed us to get fairly close before running up the hill to the next shelter.



A hefty crop of the same hare


The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog


There were Red Grouse at the top of the hill


We even had a distant fly-by from a Golden Eagle during a snow shower (heavily cropped and processed)


I did slip back into 'landscape mode' for a while at the top of the hill


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Re: Strathdearn

You did well to get so close. I bet those hares will be relieved when there is a decent fall of snow!
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Re: Strathdearn

Great sightings and shots Iain. That crop of the hare is rather impressive.

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Re: Strathdearn

Smashing shots - the hare is lovely!
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Re: Strathdearn

Excellent shots. Not exactly camouflaged yet are they!
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Re: Strathdearn

Gorgeous shots of animals and countryside. Wish I was there.
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Re: Strathdearn

Hare today - gone tomorrow.

The scene should last forever.

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Re: Strathdearn

Great set Iain.

I really enjoy photographing Mountain Hares, I don't think I'll have the opportunity this Winter though.

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Re: Strathdearn

Thanks for your comments guys. I hope to go back when there is some proper snow about and hopefully some better light.
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Re: Strathdearn

The hares are wonderful!
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