I posted this a few months ago but while I was hiking today I saw cottontails engaging in this courtship jumping and decided to repost this since now is when the action happens!
I’m very excited to feature wildlife biologist Robert “Pete” Pederson talking about the courtship of the Mountain Cottontail (Sylvilagus nuttallii). Living in the high desert I have been completely enraptured on the few occasions I have seen the rabbits in action. When I saw Pete’s incredible photographs and video I knew I wanted to share them with you and was happy he agreed. This is a rare treat, these photographs have never been seen before.
Click here to see Pete discuss the courtship behavior. The video may take awhile to load but is worth waiting for. If it doesn’t work or seems to be in slow motion please try again.
Click here to watch the rabbits in action. The video may take awhile to load but is worth waiting for. If it doesn’t work or seems to be in slow motion please try again.
“Pete” Pederson lives in Tumalo Oregon, with his wife, Gretchen, on 10 acres of native sagebrush, rabbitbrush and juniper with the peaks of the Three Sisters in the distance. He earned a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University. He’s worked as a ranger for the National Park Service, and for the last 23 years as a naturalist for Lindblad Expeditions. After traveling the world from the Arctic to Antarctica and many areas in between, he believes that if you look closely enough, you can be just as fascinated with the wildlife close to home.
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