A Black-tailed Jackrabbit with odd colored eyes

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Black-tailed Jackrabbit in early morning lightBlack-tailed Jackrabbit in early morning light – Nikon D810, f10, 1/640, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Yesterday while on Antelope Island there were several Black-tailed Jackrabbits near the Bridger Bay campground that stayed still long enough to photograph them. Usually the jackrabbits scurry away before I can even get my lens aimed their way but this one sat out in the open for a while. I love to photograph them because of their shape, their long ears and I like the color of their eyes which reminds me of caramel or butterscotch.

A Black-tailed Jackrabbit with odd colored eyesA Black-tailed Jackrabbit with odd colored eyes – Nikon D810, f10, 1/640, -0.3 EV, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

This Black-tailed Jackrabbit was near the first one and as I photographed it I realized that its eye color was odd because they are much paler and has a slight greenish hue to them. It is my first time  seeing a Black-tailed Jackrabbit with such pale eyes. I don’t know if this is normal or not but I found the eye color difference fascinating.

Has anyone else seen such pale colored eyes on a Black-tailed Jackrabbit?

Life is good.

Mia

6 Comments

  1. Susan Stone April 19, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Mia, you might want to check out this link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204399648451167&set=pcb.10204399657051382&type=1&theater. The photo was taken by a friend of mine at Hueco Tanks State Park, El Paso, TX (we volunteer there). When I looked at it close up and saw the eye color, I immediately thought of you. Maybe that eye color is not so unusual?

  2. Susan Stone April 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    We finally had our second-ever jackrabbit sighting at Hueco Tanks a few days ago. But I’ve not been able to get close enough to see their eyes or even begin to photograph them. The eye color on this one is definitely interesting.

  3. Glen Fox April 17, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    It may be age-related.

  4. Elephant's Child April 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    What a stunning variation on the theme (which is already impressive).

  5. Patty Chadwick April 17, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I love those eyes! Beautiful!!!

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