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Taken 29-Jan-16
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Keywords:New Zealand, european, hare, lepus, europaeus, brown, mammal, introduced, invasive, herbivore, pest, farmland, pasture, grasses, alpine, country, awarua, bay, tiwai, peninsula, southland
Photo Info

Dimensions4456 x 2971
Original file size978 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken29-Jan-16 13:33
Date modified25-May-16 13:28
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
Focal length560 mm
Max lens aperturef/8
Exposure1/1000 at f/8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
European Hare 2

European Hare 2

The European hare (Lepus europaeus), also known as the brown hare, is a species of hare native to Europe and parts of Western Asia and Central Asia. It was imported and released into New Zealand in 1851, and today it is well established in open country from sea level up to the alpine meadows at 2000 meters altitude.

Hares are primarily nocturnal and spend a third of their time foraging on grasses, clover and a wide range of other low herbage. Their imprint on the environment is considerably less than their cousin, the European rabbit, due to the hare being mainly solitary, not digging burrows, and the fact that adult hares typically live in large permanent territories of 200-300 hectares, which they vigorously defend. During the daytime, a hare will hide in a depression called a "form" where it is partially hidden. Hares can run at 70 km/h, and when confronted by predators, they rely on outrunning them in the open.