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Snowshoe hare in white winter coat in Fairbanks, Alaska

I took my camera while walking the dog with Cat yesterday. There have been fox tracks all over the yard and road lately, so I wanted to get some shots of it. Rounding the corner from the road, I saw the fox sitting on the snowbank a couple of hundred yards away. He stayed long enough that I managed to snap one shot, just good enough to tell that, yes, the dot sitting on the snow was indeed a fox. Cat walked the dog back a bit while I walked ahead to see If I could spot him in the trees, but there was no sign of the fox.

When Cat caught back up with me, she said she saw a snowshoe hare just off the snowbank. We walked back together and this little guy was sitting in the bushes motionless. I managed to get a few shots, slowly creeping forward before it disappeared in the brush.

There have been quite a few snowshoe hares around lately. They undergo an approximately 10-year cycle in population growth in conjunction with one of their main predators, the Canada lynx. The brilliant white coat of the snowshoe hare turns brown in summer.

CameraNikon NIKON D7100 (Current model NIKON D7500)
LensNikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED AF-S VR
Focal Length500.0 mm (750.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperturef/5.6
Exposure Time0.00156s (1/640)
ISO400

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