Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus). In winter the Mountan Hare changes its coat to white to blend in with the snow. The mild winter of 2013/2014 meant that in the Peak District the Hares stood out significantly against the grass and heather backdrop. Meanwhile in the North on Cairngorm mountain the white coats help the animals hide on patches of snow . In 2015 and 2016 I have also added some images from the winter wildlife guided trips we run in the Cairngorms.. In summer 2017 we have started running osprey photography trips in the mornings followed by the opportunity to photograph mountain hares in their grey summer cats amongst the pink heather !
January through to March 2019 winter wildlife photography trips running well ! Fabulous conditions and hares posing beautifully !
Mountain hare portrait
Even on a dull day its worth experimenting with exposure and fieldcraft to get a close up portrait !
Mountain hare buried deep in snow
In deep snow the hares lie buried, insulated from the cold wind and waiting for calmer weather to get out and feed
Mountain hares don't all go white in winter, lately there seem to be a few more grey hares in the population, perhaps a response to global warming.