I am really lucky to live in rural Hampshire, as many of you know I bring it up quite a lot, the main benefit is that it can be easier to get closer to some of the wildlife. Last year, our local Rabbit population was devastated by the cruel disease Myxomatosis and it was last month when I first noticed more individuals in the area. It turns out the disease is still prevalent in the area but we do have a larger population than last year.
Anyway I have been photographing a small population of these Rabbits, living under my garden bonfire heap. It seems as if the Rabbits have indeed contracted the disease but for now at least they seem to be only slightly affected (there are few that are almost completely blind though). Over the coming weeks I will do my best to photograph them and keep an eye on how quickly the disease takes hold.
These photos were taken over the course of three days and although they were quite comfortable with me there, they are still very nervous. Any unusual noise sent them scurrying for cover, it was then around 10 minutes before the showed themselves again.
These were all youngsters as the adults seemed to be suffering badly from Myxomatosis. I am hoping that some of the population make it through and I manage to get some more images over the coming weeks.