Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Hare today

Well not quite. Early last week would be more exact. Niall had gone for a ramble and I was doing some work in my study when I paused for a coffee break. Toddling into the kitchen I found Katinka looking hopefull but she'd had breakfast and pleadings that she was sooooo hungry fell on deaf ears. Disappointed, she preceeded me out the door.
sitting pretty
Coffee made, I went out onto the terrace and sat enjoying the quiet; there was nothing to be heard except birdsong.

I became aware of movement out of the corner of my eye and in the longer grass spotted something Katinka colored and initially thought it was her -- but it wasn't. It was a large hare.
humm where to next?
I sat very still and it came closer, happily foraging on the grass. Katinka appeared and mooched along the terrace wall. At this point I thought the hare would slope off or that Katinka would bounce up to the hare. Neither happened. Katinka went off one way and the hare carried on munching; they weren't the slightest bit interested in each other. Naturally the camera was not to hand but was sat on a shelf in my study.
off to the next patch
Coffee finished I got up and assumed that my movements would send the hare scampering off. However, a few minutes later when I was back in my study the hare hopped into view again and I was able to take a few photos through the window.

20 comments:

Susan said...

A very nice visit. Lucky you :-)

ladybird said...

I guess Katinka knew that the hare would outrun her anyway. So she just thought that it was not worth the effort; especially on a empty stomach ;) Martine

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Niall and Antoinette:
Is it too awful to say here that we have eaten some very memorable Hare dishes in our time?!!!

If it is [too awful, that is], well, we are very impressed with your wonderful photographs of the fleeting Hare!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Susan - the times when the camera is nowhere to hand and there's no second chance are too numerous to mention!!
It was nice to be lucky :-)

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Martine - exactly. :-) Just wish I'd had the camera when they were close enough to capture together!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Jane & Lance - not at all :-) Hare is a super dish.
Cute as they are, we always think 'mint sauce' when we see lambs ;-)

Perpetua said...

Super photos! We had a similar visit a week ago while our daughter was here. Right outside the conservatory, feasting on the new grass, was a hare and DD got some great photos. Must get her to send them to me. :-)

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Perpetua - just wish he/she'd brought lots of friends then we'd have to mow less :-)
You should -- I'm sure there's a post in there ;-)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have seen several rabbits on our lawn, but I don't think I have seen hares. We have enough that I have had to fence our veg garden!! Diane

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Diane - Bunnies are rare. Never seen one in any of the fields round about our house; just a hare now and then like last week.

the fly in the web said...

I have the impression that if you have rabbits you don't have hares and vice versa - but why I don't know.

When we lived in the country in the U.K. the local rough shooters would not eat the hares they shot - local superstition about witches turning themselves into hares - so we ate a lot of hare and very good it was too.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Fly - interesting. Certainly where we used to live there were plenty of bunnies and we never saw a hare.
Think it is a much underestimated meat; we both like it a lot.

GaynorB said...

We got a fleeting glimpse of a hare on the road to LG-P, but nothing a clear as your pic. How lovely to see them in your back garden.

You need to be quick though as its a case of 'hare today, gone tomorrow'! Groan....

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Gaynor - LOL! I resisted it in the title :-)

The hare was pretty relaxed, far less jumpy than I thought it would be [no pun intended ;-)]

Jean said...

There were lots of hares in the fields behind the ch√Ęteau when we were walking Lulu earlier in the year. She tried chasing them but it was no contest !!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Jean - Poor Lulu, I suspect she didn't like losing :-)

Gloria said...

love these rabbit pictures!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Gloria - welcome! and thank you :-) This hare wasn't in too much of a hurry so I was able to photograph it.

The Broad said...

Really great pictures! We have bunnies at our French house -- with cotton tails!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@The Broad - No bunnies here but the hare was around again at b'fast time this morning.