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 !

On the run
On the run

Mountain hare coming towards us lickety split!

Mountain view
Mountain view

A mountain hare looking out from his room with a view in the snow clad Cairngorms.

Mountain hare portrait
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
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

Curiouser and curiouser
Curiouser and curiouser

Mountain hare inquisitive in fresh snow.

Bright eyes
Bright eyes

Very close up encounter with a beautiful mountain hare !

Grey hares
Grey hares

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.

Huddled in the heather
Huddled in the heather

A female mountain hare huddled up in the heather during a winter snow storm.

Smug in the snow
Smug in the snow

Winter mountain hare looking smug and snug on a really cold winter mountainside.