The lightning Fields
Four distinct individuals seen within the circle.
This is a screen capture from an 8mm home movie (since converted to digital) I took as a teenager in 1967 at Philmont Scout Ranch in Colfax Co., NM. Lousy image, but perhaps of some minor interest since it is nearly 50 years ago.
Rim Trail, Petrified Forest NP
Randall Davey Audubon Center, Santa Fe, NM
This guy appeared at the spring just as I was packing up the cameras to leave, so I took a few more photos of him, to compliment those I took last week. He is at least half again as large as the S. bachmani that I have photographed at the spring, and the black tipped ears make me reasonably sure he is S. audubonii. Blue Oak, Sagebrush, Buckwheat habitat.
This guy came to our spring to drink. I thought the rabbits I've seen at the spring were all S. bachmani, but the very black tips on the ears of this individual make me wonder if it is S. audubonii, or maybe the other rabbits I've seen in the area are S. audubonii and not S. bachmani? Blue Oak, Sagebrush, Buckwheat habitat.
I was back out at the spring yesterday (11 Aug 2014) and took a couple of measurements of the background, which should allow a reasonably accurate estimate of the size of this guy. I've added a duplicate of the rabbit photo, with the distance I measured marked on the photo. Based on this measurement, I'm reasonably sure this is S. audubonii. In addition, just as I was packing up the cameras and getting ready to leave, this same rabbit (with notch in ear) showed up at the spring, and he is definitely larger than the other rabbits I've photographed at the spring.