Sunday, 9 December 2012

Macro (ish) Monday - An unwelcome guest

Much as they are an ecological disaster for Australian ecosystems, rabbits still retain a degree of charm in my eyes.  Too many tales of Peter Rabbit in my childhood no doubt!

These rabbits were loafing around in the paddocks of my late mother in laws property.  They did untold damage to her garden (more Peter Rabbit!) so I was never really able to be honest about liking them! Well, now the truth is out.

Having said that, if I could find a way to remove them from Australia I would do it (and be a national hero).

I've included these in Macro Monday because I got a lot closer to then than normal - so they may not be true macro shots, but they are closer then normal shots.


You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday.

Enjoy the close ups.

18 comments:

Carole M. said...

yep I know, cute but rascals in numbers on your property.

Jidhu Jose said...

I like the shots

Snapshot

Arija said...

There is a large misconception about rabbits, think Easter Bunny, ha, he was no rabbit at all but a benevolent hare. I also suspect Peter Rabbit to have been a hare. Now hares I like on my paddock, rabbits are a totally different matter. Although my grandchildren have kept and loved bunny rabbits for 20 years at least, they have all succumbed to the calici virus. Before the virus, we did have a population explosion in the shed, with multiple does throwing litters of eight or so. Cute as buttons, all of them but, since they were pets, we could not even do anything useful with them.
Nice shots of the greatest pest on the continent.

Arija said...

What a dreadful legacy to live with . . .

eileeninmd said...

I do love your bunnies, but it sad what they can do to a lovely garden. Cute shots!

ShySongbird said...

Nice captures Stewart. I enjoy seeing them in the countryside but wouldn't be too pleased with them in the garden. A fellow blogger who is a very keen gardener has a warren in her garden and is constantly trying to grow plants which aren't to their taste. The ultimate insult was when she sprained her ankle in one of their 'holes'! They do a wonderful job of keeping grass short in certain areas, enabling rare plants to survive of course.

TexWisGirl said...

they're cute, but yes, destructive and highly prolific! :)

Sylvia K said...

Cute pests! I love the little buggers because I don't have to live with them! Have a great week, Stewart!

pattisjarrett said...

I do love bunnies! We don't see much of them here in the city, but once in awhile we'll see an adult, and maybe a couple young in the spring. It's sad when someone introduces wildlife into an unnatural environment and it becomes a plague.

Brian King said...

Are they non-native or just uncontrolled? I believe cane toads are a problem for your system, too. We have our own problems with non-native species as well.

Carol L McKenna said...

Love rabbits but have not had to deal with damage in the garden ~ Great photography ~

(A Creative Harbor) ^_^

edenhills said...

But they are cute!

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Nice shot! Apart from birds all the animals here seem to be in hiding because of the snow!!

Kateri said...

They look like they own the place. :)

Kerri said...

What cuties! I don't think of rabbits as pests - but I guess that's because I don't have a garden :)

Mitzi said...

Awesome photos...they are certainly at home aren't they!

bailey-road.com said...

Nice shots of the destructive little bunnies.

Gunilla Bäck said...

They're cute. We have problems with city rabbits in Helsinki. The rabbits eat everything killing trees and other vegetation in the parks.