Wild Rabbits

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    Bumping down an old dirt road, this little fellow went hopping across .... and stopped under a bush, thinking he was hidden. Of course, I had gone in search of landscapes, not wildlife so my camera was ready for that, with the Canon 18-55mm lens.

    I knew he would disappear if I took the time to switch, and I was probably not going to get the shot anyway, so I just shot with what I had, from the drivers seat, with the engine running.



    The dogs had not seen it, so it worked out, and we went our separate ways quietly.

    On down the road, I came to something I really resent: an open gate with a No Trespassing sign on it. Resignedly, I backed down the road til I came to a spot wide enough to turn around. My dog Creeker signaled small prey in the area (he has different noises for different things. I know the difference between, "It's a deer!" and "It's a rabbit!") I looked out over the field behind us, and saw what looked like a rabbit-shaped stump. It was much too large to be a rabbit. Creeker was quite insistant that there was a rabbit out there, so I switched lenses and shot it.



    This has to be the biggest jackrabbit I have ever seen in my life!
    And if you think the shot isn't very clear? Here is the original:
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    It looks like you had a "cotton tail" day!!!
    I love how rabbits always think their hiding by standing still like the first shot!
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    Arla - wonderful story and about the dogs too - great catch too - and thats one big rabbit!!!!!

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    first one is cute. the setting thing happens to me all the time to. sometimes i forget to change from landscape to something else. messed up a lot of shots because of that.

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    Thanks for commenting,

    I am getting fairly handy with settings, but I seldom adjusted ISO with my previous camera, and I sometimes forget to check (it is not as convenient with the new camera, either). Lenses are a different matter altogether, because when I am out in the wild, I keep them in ZipLoc bags to keep the dust out as much as possible; so there again, a few seconds to switch can be the difference between getting a shot or not.

    I got lucky with the second rabbit, because he apparently thought he was invisible (and he was to me, but not to my dog's nose), so I had time to switch to the Tamron 55-200mm. Otherwise, he would have been just a blurry stump.

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    wow that is an epic jackrabbit!! Good thing your dogs have Rabbit ESP or you might have missed it!
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    Running around with a pack of dogs has its drawbacks -- I never see any wildlife when we are walking, because they spook everything long before I get a shot. I have been lucky to get a lizard.

    In the vehicle with windows down, though, Creeker can be a real asset, with that nose of his.
    I guess I'll keep 'im. :P
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    Neat shots! I know what you mean about dogs and wildlife. I missed a great shot the other day of a black bear in our yard. My dog fears them something terrible, by the time I got her in the house and looked all over for the camera it was gone and went into the woods. There has been a bear here every summer for the past 3 years, I am sure it will be back, just hope it is in the daytime so I can get a shot of it.

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    Thanks, Barb!

    I think your dog is pretty smart! I don't know if mine would be so ... he can be foolish, at times.

    I would love to get a shot of a bear (not in Yellowstone Park or a zoo).
    Maybe in Hell's Canyon, next week -- I have seen them there, and they come into my brother's yard sometimes. Fingers will be crossed.
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