Brown Hare, Forez, France by Thierry Chevrier

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This photo was taken during the spring of 2020 in the south-east of France in the Forez ponds area.
During this season, a whole multitude of wild species can be observed in and near these wetlands: insects, birds, large and small mammals that come to feed.
The green and tender grass that grows in abundance during this period is particularly attractive to hares, which regularly come to enjoy it.
It was raining that morning and I had been on the ground in the vegetation since dawn, waiting for a nice observation. By mid-morning the rain stopped falling and a hare moved in my direction and then stopped just in front of my lookout a few yards from me.
After checking for a long time that there was no danger threatening him, he quietly began to eat the grass. I was then able to observe it for a long time and photograph it with a background tinged with green and red: the vivid colours of the vegetation during spring
This meeting with this hare after the rain remains an excellent memory and a nice surprise as animal photographers love them.

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