A few weeks ago I was delighted to see there was a hare living in my garden. Last year we found a tiny leveret (a baby hare ) hiding in the over grown lawn when it was being mown and so we left it with it’s own bit of wilderness until it moved on.
Leverets, I found out then, are left to fend for themselves very early as, unlike rabbits they are born fully furred and with their eyes open. They do not dig burrows, rather they lie in long grass, flattening it into a ‘form’.
Hares lives are generally solitary though they have been known to live in pairs.
‘My’ hare would come out on the lawn and feed every morning and evening. He didn’t seem to disturbed by humans. One day he was feeding when I pulled up in the car and he barely flinched and sometimes I would watch for a while and he knew I was there. One time, apropos of nothing, he started hopping around, jumping and twisting in the air, gallop a short way and come to a dead stop before executing a few other bounds and leaps before calmly returning to feeding. As it was June and far beyond the time for mad March haring maybe he did it for me.
I meant to sketch him from life while he was here but I took photos instead, vaguely intending to draw him later. Of course later is often too late and after a couple of weeks my hare had gone again. I did these sketches from my photographs which is nearly as good because in studying them it was like he was here again and it made see him even more clearly, his funny face and his powerful legs and his mad, big feet-may they bring him around here again one day.
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