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So, on Monday evening, I went out rabbiteering, as I try to do at least once or twice a week, providing it's not completely overcast. Yesterday was one of those squirrelly evenings, where I couldn't be sure what it was going to be like, and the forecasters were similarly unable to come to any conclusion - the clouds were plentiful, but scattered, making for an evening that wasn't dull, but not sunny either. =:/

With sunsets drawing in, I headed out a bit earlier than I've done recently, as my current prime spot sinks into the shadow of the field's owners' house around 7.10pm at the moment, with the sun vanishing behind the treeline about an hour later.

But, only a couple very quiet buns over by the aerial installation (but, the guard that drives up occasionally seems quite fine with me shoving a lens up against the gate; I could try sidestepping it, as there's a discreet way to walk around it, but I'd like to keep on their good side), barely one by what was 2011's prime spot, and similarly, only a couple quite quiet individuals by the prime spot. So, I continued wandering around a bit more, to increase my chances of spotting activity, and just enjoying the pleasant evening. I gave thought, all the same, to heading off early, given everybun seemed to've taken the day off.

I returned, and found a couple more of that warren had emerged, but as ever, shaded by the tall grass, which obscured their activity from me much of the time. But, between the four of them, there was easily enough activity to enjoy observing, and so I caught a few pleasant, calm moments.

And then - some kind of mad flurry of activity, thankfully while within the viewfinder. As quickly as possible, I took the shot, plus a few more in hope.

(Fortunately, I'd removed the 1.4x TC before returning, as I'd reckoned the lighting wasn't so great - which, as it turned out, also ensured I didn't risk losing any of the shot, in addition to the intended effect of improving the quality of anything I might catch)

I think I can consider the evening a success. ^_^ It's even, at the moment, on the front page of 500px's selection of popular photos; notifications there are constantly lighting up the iPad.

Yes. Rabbits rock. =:D
My involuntary response when I scrolled down to the photo in question was "holy crap!" It's one of those amazing fluke photos that all photographers dream of getting. I call it a fluke, but of course it's the product of long dedication, practice and technical expertise.
Truth be told, it's both. =:) It's unusual, to begin with, to even see that kind of exuberant behavior. And then, you've got to be around when it happens. Add in hoping that there's reasonable light that day, and that it happens at an angle that'll make a good photo. Then there's the big technical bugbear - focus. Either you're watching them and the camera's fast enough to respond (the D7100's AF is pretty good, but I can't see them when they're on the ground in that spot, as the tall grass either mostly or completely obscures them), or you're looking at another spot a similar distance away, which is what I tend to do in such times, though that's obviously frought with chance. With movement that fast, there's probably really no way to track the action - it's over almost as quickly as you realised it was happening. =:D

(If I ever have money to burn, I want at least one Phantom Flex camera, if not a few of them, set up to track buns automatically, and at my trigger, record such a moment at those devices' phenomenal framerate. I'd love to see what on earth that looked like at 2500fps!)