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Abyssinian Hare

Abyssinian Hare
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Copyright: Jeff Kerby (jtkerb) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 88] (410)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Africa I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-30 22:36
Viewed: 53099
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm rather certain that this is an Abyssinian Hare, but I can't bet the farm on it.

I often saw this species resting in the tall festuca grass that was the dominant vegetation of the Afro-alpine plateau called Guassa - the site in central Ethiopia where this photo was taken. It is approximately 3,500m above sea level. Ethiopian Wolves prey upon these species.

Here is the blurb from the IUCN Red List website:

"There is some taxonomic confusion regarding species status for Lepus habessinicus. Some postulate that it deserves true species status based on sympatric distribution with Lepus capensis (Hoffmann and Smith 2005). Others claim it should be classified as subspecific to L. capensis (Angermann 1983, Azzaroli-Puccetti 1987, Boitani et al. 1999). It is suggested that biochemical analyses are required to determine the form's true taxonomic status (Azzaroli-Puccetti 1987).

Lepus habessinicus occupies a variety of habitats from open grassland, steppe, and savanna, to desert regions, where some shrub is required for cover (Flux and Angermann 1990). In these habitats, L. habessinicus replaces L. capensis (Flux and Angermann 1990). Other Lepus species occupy areas where shrub cover is denser (Flux and Angermann 1990). It is suspected that L. habessinicus is nocturnal, like the Cape hare (Flux and Angermann 1990). HB length of this species is 40.0-55.0 cm (Happold pers. comm.)."

UPDATE: I was wrong, it's an Ethiopian Highland Hare! Oh well, at least you know all about Abyssinian Hares now except what they look like.

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Hello Jeff !
Nice capture on this jumping Hare ! You managed to freeze him on the perfect moment, his jump looks really impressive. Excellent composition and POV, nice warm colors, interesting note. Well done !

Good framing - I like the way he is jumping out of the corner, and you did well to catch him at the right moment - it gives a good idea of quite how long his legs are! Maybe you could have done a touch of sharpening to bring out the best in such a good photo.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-31 11:34]

Impresive moment

it's a miracol that you capture this with the Canon Powershot S3 IS slow autofocus

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