Hare ball

Andy Parkinson's Image

Andy spent five weeks watching the mountain hares near Tomatin in the Scottish Highlands, waiting patiently for any movement – a stretch, a yawn or a shake – which typically came every 30 to 45 minutes.

As he watched, frozen and prostrate, with 50 to 60 mph winds surging relentlessly around him, the cold started to distract and his fingers clasping the icy metal camera body and lens began to burn. Then relief came as this little female moved her body into a perfect spherical shape. A movement of sheer joy. Andy craves such moments: the isolation, the physical challenge and, most importantly, time with nature.

Behind the lens

Andy Parkinson

Andy Parkinson


Andrew is a contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine, has completed nine photo features for BBC Wildlife Magazine and has been published in Audubon, Geo and Terre Sauvage. He has won multiple awards for his photography and is most often drawn to the wildlife and wild places of the UK.

Image details

  • Canon EOS-1DX Mark II
  • 200–400mm f4 lens
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