City Critters: Alberta's White-Tailed Jackrabbit

You don't have to go to the ends of the earth to find interesting subjects. These white-tailed jackrabbits, a large native Alberta hare species, were photographed just outside my apartment building. They've been hanging around all summer and spring. In summer they have drab brown fur, but in winter they turn white except at the ears, resembling the arctic hares of the far north.

White-tailed jackrabbit numbers are decreasing in the wild - mainly due to habitat loss, but their urban population is increasing because of a lack of predators and more abundant food sources (both natural and man-made). I've enjoyed watching them throughout winter. They've actually become one of my favorite Canadian wildlife subjects. It's amazing what you can find to photograph in your backyard!

All of these images were made using a Nikon 200-500mm VR lens. To find out what's in my camera bag, click here.