#30DaysWild – Day 1 Irish Hare

What a way to start my 30 Days Wild Challenge!

I am lucky enough to be spending a few days in South West Ireland; my first trip to this beautiful part of the world. A massive thank you to Huw and Julie who have invited me to stay in their house is a truly stunning and remote part of the country.

This morning, I was delighted to be able to photograph some Irish hare (Lepus timidus hibernicus) in the garden, where the hare often come, to feast on the more manicured grass, buttercups and other plants. This is one of this year’s leverets.

The Irish mountain hare is one of Ireland’s longest established indigenous species of mammal. They are close relatives to the mountain hare and look very similar to the mountain hare I have photographed in the Highlands.  These Irish hare are a recognized sub-species and they do not grow a full white winter coat. They are also noticeably smaller in size.

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A beautiful individual, who I am hoping to photograph more over the coming days.