Brown Hares chasing and boxing in the Scottish Borders

The warmer weather seems to have brought the brown hare out. I have been struggling to find them recently, but today I found a field with seven hares sitting about doing very little. I watched and waited to see if they would start to interact. It was the usual scenario, one female and half a dozen males. I was hoping for fireworks but it went off  at a bit of a whimper. I suspect that the female wasn’t quite in season, they tend to come into oestrus about every six to eight days. Judging by the low level of  activity she was between cycles. It took me four hours to work this out but I will keep looking and hopefully be there when it all happens.

The hares were at a bit of a distance but here are a few of the pictures I took today.

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Two male chasing as the female watches from the side
The chase lasted just a few seconds
the two males sparred for a few seconds
It was more like handbags at three paces
It all ended very quickly, and very meekly

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Ron McCombe

I am a full time wildlife photographer living in the Scottish Borders. I do most of my photography in Scotland in the Highlands and Islands as well as the Scottish Borders. I also travel to Northern Scandinavia, North America, Canada and South Africa to photograph birds and mammals. I organize workshops and deliver illustrated talks on birds and wildlife. My work has been featured in many magazines and publication and I have written just one book so far entitled “Wildlife through my Viewfinder” which is a collection of photographs and the stories behind them. I hope you enjoy this blog and website. I will try to update it as often as possible. I have recently started a newsletter, if you would like to receive it please sign up using the button on the front page of my website

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