The lair of the Mountain Hare

We’re walking along the road in Abruzzo when we see two Kestrels hunting on the brow of the hill. I decide to leave the road and climb the hill towards them.

Mountain Hare - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I’m staring at the sky trying to focus on them. They are still too far away.

Then, from under my feet, a huge Mountain Hare bolts and heads off into the nearby scrub. It has long ears and ridiculously powerful back legs. I can just see its tail as it disappears.

I’m left staring at the Hare’s lair in the long grass.

Mountain Hare - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I have photographs of neither the Hare nor the Kestrels. Worse than that, I’ve just stressed a Hare. I’m sure it’ll be back. I hope that one day I will be, too.

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