Hares at full moon

I took another walk around the wood on Sunday night and as usual came across the family of hares that live there. With a full moon rising to the east above the River Rib I thought the association of the two would make a nice shot. Hares and a full moon have had a long history in global folklore, driven in part by the pattern of craters that resemble a hare on the moon’s surface. http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A2465426

I entered the woods and crept around as quietly as possible but none of the badgers showed themselves tonight. It was perhaps too late in the evening and they were all out foraging. I did disturb a fox though who had positioned himself on the treeline, well covered to ambush a hare or rabbit. Too quick for me to get a shot though in the failing light.

Later in the evening while operating a taxi service for my son I returned down the lane through the fields of ripening wheat, illuminated by the glow of the now fully risen moon. To my left I spied a fallow deer standing in isolation in the vast field, the crop rising to its haunches. As I drew closer I saw a further pair of ears just protruding above the wheat, almost completely hidden. I paused close by and for a few seconds the fawn and its mother stood and watched me before bounding away across the field. My first fallow deer fawn in 10 years watching the wildlife of this area.

Linguistic note: Fawn originates from the Old French ‘faun’ or ‘foun’ and Middle English ‘faun’, meaning a young animal or cub or young fallow deer

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