Warning - Cuteness Alert!

The second weekend of Hare Event trips ended up being a weekend of two halves - Saturday a bit cloudy but clearing out in the afternoon to give a sunny end, followed by a Sunday that alternated between misty-murky and downright foggy.  It curtailed any birdlife photography - the scrapes were barely visible a lot of the time through the weather, but luckily we were all able to spot the Hares without too many problems.  The first one to see us however had a definite "Oh no, not YOU lot again!" look on its face when it met us loping along the path.

and some were trying to hide from the cameras

Maybe some of them are getting annoyed that they get no personal reward from all their Internet fame.  This one - yet again - expressed its opinion in the rudest of ways

What is it with Hares sticking their tongues out at me?  I'm starting to feel it's personal!

In case you're wondering, this is what it was like on the Sunday - challenging photography conditions!  Not always easy to spot the Hares either, though this one is out in the open

But there was no disguising these little chaps.  We'd had a glimpse the week before, but managed some pics this time.  Definitely there are two youngsters around.  They're not tiny Leverets - probably 8-10 weeks old and independent, but still got the real "Ahhhh!" cuteness factor :-)

Always good to see the next generation :-)

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  • Another brilliant set WJ and yes, definitely the very cute factor !  despite the mixed weather you got some fabulous shots of these attractive Hares and I love the one sticking its tongue out  lol   thanks for these lovely additions and the enjoyable read  :)

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  • In reply to HAZY:

    Lovely, Whistling Joe.  We need to somehow get Limpy back there, despite his current knackered state!

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • In reply to Clare:

    Clare Bailey said:

    Lovely, Whistling Joe.  We need to somehow get Limpy back there, despite his current knackered state!

    I think we have a gap in the visiting opportunities to the Island now until the end of July - apart from the River trips (which do land on the Island but only for a brief time in one of the hides).  Now all the big gulls have started to nest, it gets a bit dangerous in places.  Everyone knows about Arctic Terns attacking visitors on the Farnes, now imagine what it's like having a full grown Herring or LBB gull doing the same thing.  There's only one thing you can do - run away fast! :-)

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  • In reply to Whistling Joe:

    Here's hoping they have a successful season.

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • In reply to Clare:

    Clare Bailey said:

    Here's hoping they have a successful season.

    The last couple of years they've been pretty consistent.  I found Lyndsey's blog from last year with some numbers in - 
    "Numbers were very similar to last year with 1714 Lesser black backs and 529 Herring gull pairs. Between them they successfully fledged approx 800 chicks"
    So fingers crossed for this year too :-)

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  • In reply to Whistling Joe:

    Do they get any great black backs, or do they nest on Orford Ness?

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • In reply to Clare:

    You do get the odd GBBs on the Island (I saw a couple standing on the edge as we left at the weekend) - though I can't find a reference to them nesting last year.  A pair nested in 2015 I believe.  Might have to wait for Lyndsey to answer that one :-)

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