Hares on a Hillside
Tuesday, 13th July 2004, page 2 of 2
Barbara spots a hare coming down the edge of the open grassy field at the other side of the canal.
this hare investigates the lower corner of the field Barbara notices a
second hare at the top of the slope. Unlike the first, this stays in the
By now the hare near us is lolloping - bunny-hopping you might say - along just opposite us. I've sometimes seen large rabbits and thought 'is this hare?' but when you see a hare there's no doubt about it. The ears, usually held vertically, are like twin exclamation marks, the proportions of the animal are like Disney's Goofy. It resembles a small deer as much as it does a rabbit.
It keeps its nose close to the ground, pausing occasionally to sniff or perhaps to nibble. It proceeds in a head-down posture, as if it's immitating a wheelbarrow.
Its eyes are so large that, seeing it head on through my binoculars in this dusky light, I wonder if it has myxomatosis.
Richard Bell, email@example.com