By Jamie Smith
A HARE appears to land a knockout blow on its sparring partner – as the two are ‘refereed’ by another of their four legged friends.
The amusing images were taken by photographer Dave Brotton, who said he felt very lucky to catch the boxing moment.
The 57-year-old took the pictures in late March – just as the hares “start to get frisky”.
Dave, from Altrincham, South Manchester, said: “Since redundancy two years ago I have been concentrating on wildlife photography, for my own enjoyment but for the enjoyment of others.
“I spend as much time out in the field with the camera as I can.
These images were taken in late March, just as the brown hares start to get frisky.
Its a kind of secret location as its actually a grave yard so needs to be treated with a bit of respect. I can say that its a location in the northwest.
I always visit here in late March early April for the brown hares. Its a unique location as the hares seem more tolerant of people here than they usually would be.
The images show how the brown hares interact in the spring; mad as a March hare so to speak.
“It’s usually the females chasing off the males who get a too bit amorous.
“In this case there were three hares. To me it looked like one was referee and the other two were the fighters. They get read the rules then hit the clinches.
“The middle shot actually has the female completely off the ground, the final shot shows what looks like a knockout punch.
“I got real lucky here. I have lots of pictures of brown hares but to have good shots of boxing hares is really quite rare.”