I promised myself I was going to blog more this year about the goings on at the Rescue, but it has not turned out that way. This is largely because the last month or so has been littered with bad days and some sad losses of long time residents, which kind of puts me out of a blogging mood. This weeks stress was poor Dexter - we finally found a perfect home for him and his terribly shy friend Mars, only to discover on his final vet check that he has developed a heart condition and started dropping weight.
We couldn't rehome him of course and his future health is uncertain, but we won't give up on him. We now have him medicated and are trying to get his weight back up. He does appear to be eating reasonably well and didn't say no to a post-breakfast treat of extra tasty herbs this morning!
Which brings me to my next topic. Today was quite chaotic at the Rescue with lots of new volunteers, which gave me the chance to catch up on some photo's for Rabbit Rehome. For anyone who is interested in taking good pictures of bunnies, my usual method is:
- Sit on the ground away from the bunnies, legs straight out in front
- Hold out some tasty fresh herbs or veg
- Let bunnies come to me in their own time.
- Once they have taken food a couple of times, introduce the camera.
- Let them get used to the sounds of the camera before trying to take proper pictures. They will probably want to sniff (and sometimes taste) the camera at this point to see what it is.
- Finally, after all my efforts I usually discover there is really no chance of getting a good picture because I have bunnies clambering all over me looking for snacks and they are far too close and active to get a single shot in focus.
So there you go, that's how I do it (or not). This also explains why the two things that appear most commonly in my library of bunny photo's are my green waterproof trousers and my wellies! Here to demonstrate from today's efforts are Rose and Chablis:
Thanks girls. Now, please, if you could just go and stand looking cute over there! [sigh]