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Pheasant and rabbit

Observed: 22nd December 2009 By: miked
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 MG 5930

tracks in the snow

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Pheasant and hare

This is a pheasant and a hare, not a rabbit.

The pheasant has the anisodactyl (three toes forward one back) shaped print. This is the commonest shape in birds, however, the drag line from the long tail indicates this was a pheasant.

Hares walk by balancing on the front legs, placing one behind the other, and then bringing the back legs forward of the fore legs. They then launch from the hind legs, hence the depth of the prints.

The pheasant is going right to left.
The hare is going left to right.

See the following for a rabbit:


and for a hare:


Graham Banwell

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