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Jack never understood why everyone could find him so easily when playing hide and seek

Jack never understood why everyone could find him so easily when playing hide and seek. 😉

This Black-tailed Jackrabbit did its best to hide from me yesterday morning but those ears were a dead giveaway as to its location.

Also called the American desert hare, these jackrabbits have a wide range across the western United States where they can be found at altitudes ranging from sea level to 10,000 feet. Here in Colorado, they are pretty common on the plains.?

A Black-tailed Jackrabbit tries to hide but its ears give it away. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Black-tailed Jackrabbit tries to hide but its ears give it away. (© Tony’s Takes)

Little rabbit hunkers down against the cold

Late season snowstorms can be a bit of a shocker to not only those humans that forget we live in Colorado, but also to the wildlife. The rabbits were out in abundance yesterday for some reason. This little one opted to stay huddled down in a burrow opening, perhaps waiting for the sun to warm things up a bit.

A rabbit huddles in a burrow after a late season snowstorm. (© Tony’s Takes)

A rabbit huddles in a burrow after a late season snowstorm. (© Tony’s Takes)

Red-tailed Hawk tries to make a meal out of a Jackrabbit

A fun series of images that I captured last Friday while out for a drive near Denver International Airport.

I was driving along and see a flurry of activity in a field and on closer inspection, I see a hawk and rabbit on the ground. The hawk took flight and circled back around, taking a dive at the rabbit. I flipped a quick u-turn and trained my camera on the action. Three times more the hawk dove at the rabbit.

This series captures the final attack pass. Surprisingly the rabbit never ran off, instead choosing to sit there and then jump and evade whenever the hawk got close. It must have worked though as the raptor soon gave up and flew off in search of an easier meal. In this case, the prey got the better of the predator.

Scroll down to view all the images in the sequence.

A Red-tailed Hawk dives toward a Jackrabbit.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red-tailed Hawk dives toward a Jackrabbit. (© Tony’s Takes)

White-tailed Jackrabbit plays hide and seek

Thanks to his big ears, Jack was never very good at hide and seek. 😉

I spotted quite a few White-tailed Jackrabbits recently on the Colorado plains but as usual, they took off running before I could even come to a stop. This guy thought he would be clever and hunkered down among some sagebrush not too far off the road. A rising sun behind him lit up those big old ears like a beacon though, effectively negating any camouflage he had.

Although this picture doesn’t convey it, these rabbits are very large. I kind of find them a bit disturbing, like something out of a horror flick.

A White-tailed Jackrabbit hides in the sagebrush on Colorado's plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A White-tailed Jackrabbit hides in the sagebrush on Colorado’s plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Do NOT interrupt this eagle’s breakfast

Boy, if looks could kill I think I would be as dead as the rabbit this Bald Eagle caught. 😉 In truth, it wasn’t too bothered by my presence and enjoyed most of its meal right in front of me before heading off elsewhere to finish in private.

A Bald Eagle looks quite serious as it devours a rabbit. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle looks quite serious as it devours a rabbit. (© Tony’s Takes)

Juvenile Bald Eagle climbs through fence for breakfast

An amazing – and lucky – encounter with this young Bald Eagle yesterday. I was actually observing a different juvy on a pole that was a good ways off hoping it would take off and give me a good view.

While sitting there, this young one flew in. It landed on the opposite side of a barbed wire fence and much to my surprise, proceeded to climb through the fence to reach a dead rabbit. I am guessing it had killed it earlier.  After enjoying its meal, it flew to a nearby pole.

Not the best quality of pics as I was shooting right into the sun but a fun and unusual sequence.  Scroll down to view the entire gallery.

A juvenile Bald Eagle crosses a barbed wire fence to reach its kill - a rabbit.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile Bald Eagle crosses a barbed wire fence to reach its kill – a rabbit. (© Tony’s Takes)

White-tailed Jackrabbit makes unusual high altitude appearance

When hanging out at 12,000 feet or so on Colorado’s Mount Evans you expect to find Mountain Goats, Marmots, and Pikas. What you don’t normally see is a big rabbit. Yesterday however my son and I spotted this big-eared fellow up high in a rock field on the alpine tundra.

An unusual find as they don’t normally hang out this high so while the subject is not uncommon, its location was. Definitely happy to have been able to get a picture of it before it took off running.

This White-tailed Jackrabbit chose the unusually high altitude of Mount Evans, Colorado to hang out.  (© Tony’s Takes)

This White-tailed Jackrabbit chose the unusually high altitude of Mount Evans, Colorado to hang out. (© Tony’s Takes)

Little bunny in the tall grass

We seem to have an overabundance of rabbits in many spots in Colorado this year.  I have quite a few in my suburban neighborhood.  This one though was out on the plains this past week.

The little guy (or gal) was munching on some grass near where I was camped.  When it saw me coming it crouched down and did its best to hide but must not have been too threatened as it allowed me to get very close and take my fill of pics.

Little bunny in the tall grass on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Little bunny in the tall grass on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Little rabbit gets a closeup

Should other campers have been awake early Saturday, they probably would have laughed at the fool with the big camera combat crawling through grass to take pictures of a bunny.  Thankfully there were no witnesses beyond me and this little one.  😉

Taken at Jackson Lake State Park, Colorado.

A rabbit keeps a low profile in the grass at Jackson Lake State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A rabbit keeps a low profile in the grass at Jackson Lake State Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Random pics from the first clear day in a week

After seven straight days of rain (and snow one day), I was going stir crazy. With the sun shining and the temperatures finally warming up I went for a much-needed walk in an open space area where I often go. Nothing particularly extraordinary on this trip but my goodness it was nice to get out and about finally!?