A close encounter with a mountain hare yesterday at Ladder Hills 🐰 After spending two days stalking mountain hares and failing to get close, I met this one quite unexpectedly. Seeing that it ran up a valley and out of sight, I decided to try my luck - and just around the corner it was just sitting there. It gave me around half a minute to crawl closer and get some photos before running off. This is probably the highlight of my trip to Cairngorms - that intimate eye contact with this mountain hare will stay in my heart forever ❤
This is a somewhat deceiving photograph of an Anhinga; he's holding in his skinny neck and hiding his long tail, but the hint of white markings on the wings and nostril-less face give him away. I can hear you all asking, "Wait, they don't have NOSTRILS?!" They're so well-adapted to hunt for fish underwater, they've lost those pesky nostrils. Ultimate swimming noseplugs 👃. .
Snakebirds, another common name for Anhingas, are fairly common in freshwater ponds around Charleston. Tell them apart from their cormorant cousins by their straight bills and relatively longer tails. This particular one is a male. Females have tan necks and heads.
Photo by @petebergeson