A Black-tailed Jackrabbit after snow storm

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A Black-tailed Jackrabbit after a snow stormA Black-tailed Jackrabbit after a snow storm – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1250, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

We didn’t have much snow this past winter here in the Salt Lake Valley but after a snow storm on the 29th of December I was on Antelope Island looking for birds and animals to photograph against a snowy background. That day I photographed Coyotes and Black-billed Magpies feeding on a Mule Deer carcass which was very exciting.

I also photographed this Black-tailed Jackrabbit sitting in the snow at the campground. It might not be an image as exciting as the ones I took of the coyotes scavenging the deer carcass but I find this image appealing all the same. It might be that I recall how quiet it was that morning, how cold it felt or how delighted I was that there was snow.

I don’t have as many Black-tailed Jackrabbit images as I would like, I need to change that.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover April 15, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Love this image. Very alert jackrabbit. Reminds me of when I used to hunt them as a teen. The challenge of my single shot .410 gave me a thrill at first, but hearing their occasional screams killed my desire to be a hunter. I much prefer taking shots with my camera.

  2. Elephant's Child April 12, 2015 at 1:57 pm


  3. Patty Chadwick April 12, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Another great portrait…love these close-ups! If I’d only known how excited some snow would make you, I’d have sent you box cars full of the stuff!!!

  4. Bob Bushell April 12, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Brilliant Mia.

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