Swamp Rabbit Grooming Itself

Swamp Rabbit Grooming Itself - Arkansas

Swamp Rabbit Grooming Itself - Arkansas

I look forward to seeing the Swamp Rabbits that live on my property this time of year. They live here year round but stay hidden. I start seeing them in March but more so in April.

I am always curious if the same one will survive the winter. I have lots of Coyotes and Bobcats that frequent this area so I know the chance is low. I think Swamp Rabbits have a better chance than a Cottontail Rabbit. A Swamp Rabbit will take to the water and swim. They will also elude pursuers by lying still in the water surrounded by brush or plant debris with only their nose visible.

I have never been able to see any of the baby Swamp Rabbits. I read that females can have 1 to 3 litters a year with each litter consisting of 4 to 6 young.

Something else I haven't seen yet is two males fighting. I read that rival males will often engage in aggressive encounters that sometimes become violent enough to kill one of the combatants. When fighting, males will stand on their hind legs and use their teeth and claws to inflict wounds on their opponent. They will also jump from the ground and strike with the sharp claws of the hind feet. (Source: Wikipedia)

How I Got The Shot - Swamp Rabbit

This Swamp Rabbit feeds in my yard here in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. It has gotten used to me and my dog and will let us get close. I can sit on the ground in front of it and photograph it for long periods of time. As the temps warm it will spend more time in the daylight hours.

I was hand holding my Canon EOS 7D Mark II with the Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/500 of a second at f7.1 and the ISO at 800. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.

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