Young Desert Jack Rabbit

 
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While taking my daily walk in the desert I managed to sneak up on this young Jack Rabbit. I just love doing that, we stared at each other for a good minute then he took off at full speed. Jack Rabbits are true hares because, unlike the cotton-tailed rabbits, they do not build nests. The mother simply chooses a place to her liking and the young are born fully furred, with their eyes wide open. Hares are active primarily at night. During the day they lie crouched in a "form" which they have made by using the same spot in a clump of grass or weeds. With their long ears flattened against their back, they are difficult to see. Frequently on hot summer days, they can be seen resting in the shade of a small bush or even a fence post. When frightened they run with such speed that few dogs can catch them. At the start of the chase their speed is broken by high long leaps.

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bubbalinn - Jan 27, 2009 12:05 AM EDT
Hi Julie, Thanks very much :) I'm glad it brought back some nice memories of loved Revel. Our dog Daisy loves to chase the rabbits but she is not even close to there speed. All of the cactus makes it hard for her to keep up LOL..
JulieMetott - Jan 26, 2009 10:57 PM EDT
Love the Rabbit, bet my old Revel dog could run him for hours with only a few checks if only he hadn't past on. His son would sight chase it, but isn't nearly as fast or talented as his daddy. Revel use to get kicked out of field trials for being to fast. To see him only 3 feet behind a hare wasn't unusual, at least until it turned!
bubbalinn - May 22, 2008 11:06 AM EDT
Hi Beverly, Thanks :) Glad you liked this one.. They do have some nice sized ears but I can still sneak up on them LOL..
talsi - May 22, 2008 10:43 AM EDT
Such big ears - nice capture.
bubbalinn - May 09, 2008 10:10 AM EDT
Hi Alex and Lorraine, Thanks again for taking your time to check out my photos and for leaving your nice comments. Yea Alex they do blend into the desert, I walk slowly looking for them and a lot of the times I don't see them until they run out of a bush right in front of me. That is funny Lorraine about your dogs, it is amazing at how fast the rabbits can run. I guess that saying is true that you can run faster when your scared :)
lorraine - May 08, 2008 11:51 PM EDT
Great shot, I can remember Hares from on the farm, the dogs would go on a mad chase but the Hares were well gone, poor dogs would turn up home totally worn out from running, and tongues almost dragging in the dust.
whittler113 - May 08, 2008 03:31 PM EDT
What a nice shot,he sure does blend into his surroundings alright.
bubbalinn - May 08, 2008 01:15 PM EDT
Thanks Carol and Don for checking out my latests rabbit shot and for the nice comments. Yea Don the jacks are much larger than the cottontails. This young jack is already the size of the full grown cottontails.
donwrob - May 08, 2008 07:56 AM EDT
Nice clean shot Alan! I've never seen a Jack Rabbit in person, I think they are bigger than the cotton tails we have, not sure though. Good catch! Don
shutterbug - May 08, 2008 06:20 AM EDT
Lovely photo of the Jack rabbit! Carol

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