I haven’t had much luck finding jackrabbits lately but this one at least gave me a fleeting opportunity recently. It had its ears tucked down and it was doing its best to conceal itself in some foliage. Judging from those wide eyes, it wasn’t too thrilled it had been spotted. 😉
Beautiful backlit white-tailed jackrabbit
It has been quite a while since I have seen one of these big-eared creatures. Recently I spotted this one hanging out in a farm’s yard. As you can tell, it was well aware that it was being watched but thankfully it hung around long enough for me to grab a few quick captures before it bounded off. I loved how the back-lighting really lit up those monstrous ears.
Bounding bunny heading toward the weekend
Well, I don’t know about you but I am very ready for the weekend to get here. It’s been a bit of a challenging week to say the least and I think this fast mover could be me heading into Friday. 😉
A bit of a #ThrowbackThursday for this image to this past June. This cool black-tailed jackrabbit was out in a field in northeastern Colorado but was none to keen on sitting and posing for pictures. That’s okay though because I was able to get a nice sequence of images as he bounded away.
Playing hide and seek with Jack
It has been a while since I have seen a jackrabbit but finally did again this past weekend. This one was not too keen to show itself but those big ears and bug-eyes stood out and made it relatively easy to spot.
There actually seems to be a little clan of them in this particular spot as I saw a few of them within a 100 yards of each other. Definitely will be keeping an eye out for them.
Taken from a long ways away so not the greatest of pics but lots of fun to see. These cottontails were engaged in a bit of play yesterday, taking turns jumping while the other ran beneath it. At the time I wasn’t sure what it meant but it was kind of neat. Today I looked it up and apparently this is a courting ritual. Go figure!
Rabbit hunkers down, waits out the storm
I know I have been posting lots of pics with snowy creatures lately but with the weather we have been having here so far this month, that’s most of what I have captured with my camera. This little guy’s face reflects what many of us human’s here are feeling – enough with the snow and cold! 😀
Jill and Jack rabbit hang out on a cold winter’s day
It isn’t often that you can get jackrabbits to sit still for pictures but this past Sunday I had a pair that was quite cooperative. I was exploring a back country road following our most recent snowstorm and came across these two.
One stayed right next to the road and gave me some nice poses. The other opted to run off a little ways into the field but still within range of my camera.
Normally I only see jackrabbits during the summer but in recent weeks have managed a few wintertime encounters.
Technically jackrabbits aren’t rabbits at all –they are hares. While they look similar and are part of the same family, jackrabbits are much larger overall with longer ears and feet. These little speed demons can cover 30 feet horizontally in one leap and run at speeds up to 35 mph in short bursts.
That is probably why I normally only get pics of the rear end of them. 😉
This was a fun little encounter northeast of Denver, Colorado yesterday. Driving the backroads looking for photo subjects, I happened to see this jackrabbit run into some grass near the road.
They are masters at keeping themselves hidden and initially I couldn’t see it after I stopped. I slowly approached and then the race was on.
It took off running at a truly impressive speed and I quickly put my camera off and started taking pictures. It was going away which is kind of a bummer but the images show the amazing motions it went through when running.
White-tailed jackrabbits are found across much of the central and western areas of North America from the prairies to the high country. I see their black-tailed cousins far more often than the white-tails. In fact, I think this is the first white-tailed jackrabbit I have photographed.
Jackrabbit keeps its most notable feature down low
The ears on these residents of the Great Plains are so large they are usually the first thing you see when you spot them. This particular Black-tailed Jackrabbit had the right idea to try to conceal itself by tucking them down low. I had already spotted it though as it sat on the brush covered landscape on northeastern Colorado. It didn’t stay around long but did give me this capture.
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.
Easter Bunny enjoys some solitude after a busy night
It is undoubtedly a lot of work delivering eggs and treats to the kiddos. Now it is time to take a break and just relax on those Colorado plains. 😉