Jackrabbit!

I saw two jackrabbits in the park a few weeks ago running so fast that they were gone before I could get my camera out of my pocket.  I wasn’t sure I hadn’t just imagined them!  This evening in the twilight after sunset I got luckier.  One rabbit dashed out of the trees on the west side ridge onto the grassy cove, and then stood almost absolutely still.  Good thing, too, because it was so dark that I had to go to a shutter speed of 1/4 of a second and ISO 1250 to get an image.  It’s a fuzzy image at best, and will not win any photo contests, but it’s proof positive that this living creature inhabits the park.

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A few weeks ago in daylight I saw another one at the far northeast corner of the park, in the Burrowing Owl area, but it was so well hidden that my photo just captured a fraction of its watchful eye (see below).  I wonder if these individuals at diagonal extremes of the park know about one another and get together sometimes?  (We all know what happens when rabbits “get together,” don’t we?)

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