Reportages - Raising Hares (95) Images supplémentaires... Images by Andy Rouse
The agility and grace of the European hare (Lepus europaeus) is a familiar sight in the British countryside and their spirited springtime antics mark the end of winter in the minds of many.
Despite their similarities in appearance to the European rabbit the life history and behaviour of the European hare differs significantly. We examine the story of the hare and discover the true meaning of ‘Mad as a March hare’.

Download our full story PDF, including text, here.

Polar Bear {Ursus maritimus} 3/4-months cubs roped by biologists to prevent escape after their mother is anaesthetised, Wapusk NP, Manitoba, Canada
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Suzi Eszterhas / Polar Bear {Ursus maritimus} 3/4-months cubs roped by biologists to prevent escape after their mother is anaesthetised, Wapusk NP, Manitoba, Canada
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) feeding on grass. Wales, UK, May. Did you know? Brown hares are primarily nocturnal.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) feeding on grass. Wales, UK, May. Did you know? Brown hares are primarily nocturnal.
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in grass  field, UK, May. Highly commended Animal Portraits category, British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (BWPA) 2013
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in grass field, UK, May. Highly commended Animal Portraits category, British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (BWPA) 2013
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) showing markings on back of its ears, Wiltshire, UK
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) showing markings on back of its ears, Wiltshire, UK
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) rear view of ears showing markings and black tips, Wiltshire, UK
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) rear view of ears showing markings and black tips, Wiltshire, UK
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait in evening light, UK  (non-ex)
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait in evening light, UK (non-ex)
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) crouching in autumn stubble field, UK  (non-ex)
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) crouching in autumn stubble field, UK (non-ex)
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) rear view in crop field in evening, UK  (non-ex)
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) rear view in crop field in evening, UK (non-ex)
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait in evening light, UK  (non-ex)
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait in evening light, UK (non-ex)
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) rear view sitting in long grass. Wales, UK, June.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) rear view sitting in long grass. Wales, UK, June.
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) stretching. Wales, UK, February.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) stretching. Wales, UK, February.
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret portrait. Wales, UK, June.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret portrait. Wales, UK, June.
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait. Wales, UK, July.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait. Wales, UK, July.
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, April
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, April
European hare (Lepus europaeus) male standing on hind legs watching female, UK, April. Highly commended Habitat category, British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (BWPA) 2013
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) male standing on hind legs watching female, UK, April. Highly commended Habitat category, British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (BWPA) 2013
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in grass field, UK, May
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in grass field, UK, May
European hare (Lepus europaeus) cleaning feet, UK, May
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) cleaning feet, UK, May
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, May
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, May
RF- European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret cleaning, UK, May. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
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Andy Rouse / RF- European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret cleaning, UK, May. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret eating grass in field, UK, May
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret eating grass in field, UK, May
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, April
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, April
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field, UK, May
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field, UK, May
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field, UK, May
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field, UK, May
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, ~UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, ~UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, ~UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, ~UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase infront of light aircraft, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase infront of light aircraft, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) male chasing female, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) male chasing female, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, UK, February. Highly commended Animal Behaviour category, British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (BWPA) 2013
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, UK, February. Highly commended Animal Behaviour category, British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (BWPA) 2013
Three European Hare (Lepus europaeus) chasing, a courtship behaviour. Wales, UK, June.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / Three European Hare (Lepus europaeus) chasing, a courtship behaviour. Wales, UK, June.
European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
RF- European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
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Andy Rouse / RF- European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, UK
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) female boxing male during courtship, UK  (non-ex)
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) female boxing male during courtship, UK (non-ex)
European Hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, female on right. Wales, UK, June. Sequence 2 of 2. Did you know? A group of hares is known as a drove.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, female on right. Wales, UK, June. Sequence 2 of 2. Did you know? A group of hares is known as a drove.
European Hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, female on right. Wales, UK, June. Sequence 1 of 2.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hares (Lepus europaeus) boxing, female on right. Wales, UK, June. Sequence 1 of 2.
European hares (Lepus europaeus) male and female at start of courtship, UK, February
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) male and female at start of courtship, UK, February
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship boxing, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, ~UK, February
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) courtship chase, ~UK, February
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) male and female during courtship, UK  (non-ex)
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) male and female during courtship, UK (non-ex)
European hares (Lepus europaeus) mating, UK, February
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) mating, UK, February
European hares (Lepus europaeus) mating, UK, February
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) mating, UK, February
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leverets in field, ~UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leverets in field, ~UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret running in field, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret running in field, UK, June
European hares (Lepus europaeus) leveret jumping,~UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hares (Lepus europaeus) leveret jumping,~UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leverets in field waiting for mother to suckle them, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leverets in field waiting for mother to suckle them, UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret on war memorial with poppy wreaths, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret on war memorial with poppy wreaths, UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret on war memorial with poppy wreaths, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret on war memorial with poppy wreaths, UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus)close up, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus)close up, UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) grooming, UK July
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) grooming, UK July
European hare (Lepus europaeus) grooming in field, UK July
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) grooming in field, UK July
European hare (Lepus europaeus) grooming, UK July
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) grooming, UK July
European hare (Lepus europaeus) grooming, UK July
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) grooming, UK July
European hare (Lepus europaeus) running head on, UK July
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) running head on, UK July
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in grassland, UK July
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in grassland, UK July
European hare (Lepus europaeus) running, UK July
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) running, UK July
European hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait, UK July
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait, UK July
European hare (Lepus europaeus) grooming foot, UK July
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) grooming foot, UK July
European hare (Lepus europaeus) cleaning foot showing toes, UK August
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) cleaning foot showing toes, UK August
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, May
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in field, UK, May
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait, UK  (non-ex)
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) portrait, UK (non-ex)
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret cleaning,~UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret cleaning,~UK, June
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) running. Wales, UK, July.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) running. Wales, UK, July.
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field. UK, Wales, June. Did you know? Unlike baby rabbits, hare leverets are born with eyes open and with fur.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field. UK, Wales, June. Did you know? Unlike baby rabbits, hare leverets are born with eyes open and with fur.
European hare (Lepus europaeus) about to enter tall grass for shelter, UK July
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) about to enter tall grass for shelter, UK July
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) males and female during courtship, UK  (non-ex)
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) males and female during courtship, UK (non-ex)
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) female boxing male during courtship, UK  (non-ex)
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) female boxing male during courtship, UK (non-ex)
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) mother suckling leverets, UK  (non-ex)
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) mother suckling leverets, UK (non-ex)
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret crouching low in grass, UK
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret crouching low in grass, UK
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) two leverets crouching in grass waiting for mother to return, UK
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) two leverets crouching in grass waiting for mother to return, UK
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret feeding on grass. Wales, UK, May.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret feeding on grass. Wales, UK, May.
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret running, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret running, UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret resting in field, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret resting in field, UK, June
European hare  (Lepus europaeus) leveret cleaning, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret cleaning, UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field,~UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field,~UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret cleaning,~UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret cleaning,~UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret cleaning,~UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret cleaning,~UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field,~UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field,~UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret jumping, Essex, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret jumping, Essex, UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field, UK, June
RF- European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field, UK. June. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
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Andy Rouse / RF- European hare (Lepus europaeus) leveret in field, UK. June. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
European hare (Lepus europaeus) silhoutted running at sunrise, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) silhoutted running at sunrise, UK, June
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted at dawn. Wales, UK, August. Did you know? Unlike rabbits, hares do not dig warrens, just a shallow depression called a form.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted at dawn. Wales, UK, August. Did you know? Unlike rabbits, hares do not dig warrens, just a shallow depression called a form.
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) courting pair in grassland at dawn. Wales, UK, July.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) courting pair in grassland at dawn. Wales, UK, July.
European hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted hopping in field at sunrise, UK July
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted hopping in field at sunrise, UK July
RF- European hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted running at sunrise, UK, June. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
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Andy Rouse / RF- European hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted running at sunrise, UK, June. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted. Wales, UK, June.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted. Wales, UK, June.
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) in field grasses with dusk light. Wales, UK, August.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) in field grasses with dusk light. Wales, UK, August.
European Hare (Lepus europaeus) in field at sunrise. Wales, UK, June.
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Andy Rouse / 2020VISION / European Hare (Lepus europaeus) in field at sunrise. Wales, UK, June.
European hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted  sitting in field at sunrise, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted sitting in field at sunrise, UK, June
European hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted sitting in field at sunrise, UK, June
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouetted sitting in field at sunrise, UK, June
European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouette of pair feeding at sunset, UK
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Andy Rouse / European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) silhouette of pair feeding at sunset, UK