After several years of photographing foxes in the semi urban setting of a domestic garden, 2009 threatened to be a quiet year on the fox front. The garden visitors became camera shy, only allowing themselves to be monitored via a trailcam. Getting decent photos of them has proved next to impossible (as at early May).
My luck began to change during early April, when on a couple of occasions I got distant glimpses of foxes out in the local fields. A sample of those shots starts the album.There are two foxes featured, indicated by fox 1 and fox 2 in the image titles. Fox #2 is despatching a rabbit. And then, at the end of the month everything changed, and from relying on long distance shots and heavy crops I was suddenly able to get up close.
A vixen has taken up home a minute or so from where I work, and has developed the ability to ignore people utterly. She's got a den in the middle of a large campus, and when I first saw her she was showing signs of lactating. She is also very actively hunting to feed her young (unseen as at the beginning of May).
The sequence taken on 2nd May, however, is a different fox, in a different location. It was a chance encounter in a local valley. The fox is male, and the sequence shows him catching a rabbit (there seems to be a common theme here). The eight frames were taken over a period of 9 seconds, frames 2-8 covering just 2 seconds. It was a remarkable encounter, all the more so for its brevity.
The 10th May sequence shows a male fox near the location of the 2nd May set. It's possibly the same male, and again he was out during the afternoon.
The 16th May sequence was taken in a light drizzle. A vixen is out hunting rabbits, but she departed without success.
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