Jackrabbits
Summer 2007 - 54 photos

I'm not sure many people will take the time to look at these photos. Jackrabbits don't seem to have much appeal. Myself, I find them quite interesting. If you walk around in the foothills like I do, or other places where they are to be found, then you know that getting close to a Jackrabbit isn't something easy to do. I tried getting some close up photos of these critters for many years and had about given up. Then I tried something new. Usually I don't see them until they bolt and take off, like - well you know - like a Jackrabbit. So what I did, was try to spot them before they ran. If you really pay attention, you can spot them. When I did I would move very slowly, just a step at a time, taking about 30 minutes to get closer to them. Even with my big telephoto lens I still had to get within 25 feet for a full frame picture. They knew I was there, but didn't seem to consider me a threat as long as I moved very slow, but they watched me closely even though they didn't run.

Now getting this close doesn't work every time with every rabbit, but it does work once in a while. As you can see, often enough that I was able to get some fantastic shots. I have done it six times now. For some reason, these rabbits seem to have accepted me. Before this I was unable to get photos any closer than 150 feet, more often over 200 feet away.

On the 3rd and last page of these rabbit photos are some showing one that attacked me, #6. I guess he was trying to scare me off or something. He ran at me three times getting quite close. He was jumping up and down and scratching in the dirt like he was crazy. I only got a few photos as he was really moving fast.

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Western Blacktail Jackrabbit

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Most of these photos were taken before sunrise, early in the morning. Because of that I took the photos using high ISO, some at 400, 800 and even 1600 ISO. This caused the backgrounds to sometimes appear a bit grainy. I took more than 500 close-up photos of Jackrabbits and placed a few of them here for you to look at.

Even though they are most often called Jackrabbits, they really are Hares. The term 'Jackrabbit' came from cattlemen in the early days of the western United States where the cowboys would call them 'Jackass Rabbits', because of their long ears. Later it was shortened to 'Jackrabbits'.

Rabbits don't have extra long ears or back legs like Hares do. Rabbits are born hairless and blind. It takes two weeks before they can survive on there own. Hares are born with hair, can see and can take care of themselves right away.

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Up close - Can you see me reflected in his eye?

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These photos were taken with my Canon EOS 20D, 8.2 Megapixel SLR Camera using either the Canon EF 70-300mm IS Telephoto zoom lens or the Canon EF 100-400mm IS Telephoto zoom lens. I used one or the other on different days. I wanted to compare these two lenses.

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