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European Rabbit

European Rabbit
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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D, 52 mm Polarizer
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-22 13:07
Viewed: 3769
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought I would post a Rabbit for a change. I took this shot early summer last year. Obviously they are in abundance in rural parks. I thought this one was quite handsome. Hope you like it!

European rabbit
Oryctolagus cuniculus
The ancestor of all domestic rabbits, the European rabbit has become so successful that it is considered a pest in many areas. They were introduced to the UK by the Normans in the 12th century to provide meat and fur.

Life span
Up to 9 years.

Head-body length: 30-40 cm, Weight: 1.2-2kg.

Physical Description
Rabbits are smaller and less gangly than hares, and have shorter ears. The tips of the ears are brown, and the upper surface of the tail is dark brown. The characteristic white flash on the underside of the tail can be seen when the animal is fleeing. The body fur is brown/grey.

Rabbits are widespread in western Europe, including the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and the British Isles. They are also found in North Africa and have been introduced to Australia, New Zealand and North and South America.

They live on heathland, open meadow, grassland, woodland, the fringes of agricultural land and dry sandy soil, including sand dunes, but they avoid coniferous forests.

Rabbits eat the leaves of a wide range of vegetation including agricultural crops, cereals, young trees and cabbages. In winter, they eat grasses, bulbs and bark. They re-ingest their faeces for nutritional benefit.

Rabbits have a burrow system known as a warren, and tunnels can be 1-2m long. The nest at the end of the tunnel is lined with grass, moss and belly fur. They use regular trails, which they scent mark with faecal pellets.

Mating occurs throughout the year with most litters born between February and August. Litters range in size between 3 and 12, after a gestation period of 28-33 days, and the kittens are weaned after 28 days.

Conservation status
Rabbit populations are increasing, as they are becoming immune to the myxomatosis virus. Rabbits become sexually mature after just four months and breed rapidly, so they can readily replace themselves.

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To gjoess: RabbitDebz 1 04-28 16:34
To nainnain: European RabbitDebz 1 03-24 14:41
To GLEM: European RabbitDebz 1 03-23 17:42
To hester: European RabbitDebz 1 03-23 16:52
To claudine: European RabbitDebz 1 03-23 07:57
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Salut Deborah
Très joli portrait de ce beau lievre avec ses belles couleurs d'été .La composition et les details sont très jolis.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-22 14:16]
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Hello debz,
Great capture of a Rabbit. This is nice and sharp and the lighting and exposure in the shade is first class. I also like the way he is framed by the foliage in this pleasing composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Very good picture. Eyes of a hare as are beautiful:) And it at all does not look cowardly.

Hello Deb,
OHHHH, I want one too!!! I like those little ones :) This is a nice capture with good exposure and details. I would maybe have composed it in the other way by letting more space before him instead of behind and I see a little noise especially on the green leaves. This is a very nice and cute capture anyway :) Well seen and thanks!

Hi Deb, lovely portrait of a rabbit with splendid colors and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-22 16:19]

Hi Debz. Good shot of the rabbit.Great colours with good foliage.lots of detail with great notes. well done.


Hello Deborah,
Your picture of this rabbit and your note remind me of a lesson I used to teach my 11th class boys way back in the early 80s in India. It was about the menace the rabbits created in Australia after they had been planted there from England. My, what chaos they had created as pests and what stupendous measures Australians had to take to control their spread over their continent!
Framed within the green leaves, the rabbit looks very charming in this picture.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-03-22 19:26]

Great! Beautiful color and detail. Congratulations!

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  • nikole (142)
  • [2007-03-23 3:25]

Hi Deborah
I like this rabbit hidden behind the leaves. It´s a very good composition with good colors and sharpness!

It's always fun trying to get seriously close to these little guys... may have been better with the ears not covered by leaves.

salut deborah
il aurait fallut plus d'espace a droite plutot qu'a gaughe mais le lapin etant rarement presenté sur le site que je prend plaisir a regarder cette photo.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-23 13:58]
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salut Deborah
tu joues à cache cache avec les lapins, c'est heureux. Belle prise en milieu naturel, son oeil brillant nous fait penser qu'il t'a repéré. Bons détails et belle lumière.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-23 15:23]
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Lovely shot, I usually just see their white bums disapeering down a hole. Lovely and sharp and I like the composition. Great POV



génial+++ car ce n' est pas souvent que l'on voit un lièvre sur ce site
félicitations ca change un peu
bonne réussite, belle couleurs
brav, merci, amitiès

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-06 21:12]

Hello Deborah

A very cute shot of this bunny hiding under the branches.A very good composition.Very good detail and colours.Well done TFS


Nice rabitt shot. Which park was this in ? Good sharpness.

Hi Debz,
Nice capture of this rabbit so peaceful, good POV and colors

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