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Sunny Saturday with Pretty Vixen

The pretty vixen showed up yesterday afternoon, out enjoying the sunshine. When she first appeared she was relaxed and friendly, though became quite excitable when a male fox briefly showed up (he successfully evaded he camera and only showed his face for a couple of seconds). These are some shots of Pretty.

fox walking

Pretty Vixen comes down the garden

She sat around and explored different corners.

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Pretty Vixen sitting in the sunshine

fox standing near trail camera

Standing near the trail camera

fox relaxing

Pretty Vixen relaxing

Those shots were in the early part of the afternoon. She was back again later as the sun sank in the sky producing some rich red light.

Vixen sitting

Pretty Vixen in the late afternoon light

portrait of a vixen

A portrait

fox walking through grass

She finally tired of the company and made her way off.

portrait of a fox

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

Big Bang Theory with ‘Dr Hal’

I got distracted from my usual wildlife watching today by some exceptionally loud bangs and explosions. It was all in the name of science outreach.|

One of the campus roads was closed off while Professor Hal Sosabowski and colleagues demonstrated the science of gas expansion with bottles of super-cooled carbon dioxide and liquid nitrogen. Basically (and I am no scientist) the supper cool gases are crammed into a tight space and expand as they heat up causing a massively loud explosion. The carbon dioxide (sequence hear expands to 50 atmosphere’s of pressure. The bottle can contain a mere 5 atmospheres. Hence… yes, you can work it out.

Professor Hal Sosabowski

Dr Hal Sosabowski demonstrating gas expansion at the University of Brighton.

Prof Hal Sosabowski

Dr Hal Sosabowski demonstrating gas expansion through explosions of carbon dioxide and liquid nitrogen during a science outreach session a the University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb campus.

Super-cooled carbon dioxide

Super-cooled carbon dioxide

Bottle about to explode

Under pressure

exploding bottle

BANG!!!

And then on to the powerful stuff.. liquid nitrogen.

Handling liquid nitrogen

Handling liquid nitrogen

Filling the bottle

Filling the bottle

The liquid nitrogen bottle placed in a bucket

The liquid nitrogen bottle placed in a bucket

Explosion!

Explosion!

For more on ‘Dr Hal’ and educational tools and experiments you can do at home, see here.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

The Pretty Vixen

Over the past few months I’ve been getting very regular photos of the Pretty Vixen at night, and have been featuring some of them on the Fox of the Day page. Today though, she showed up mid afternoon. It was overcast (drizzle in the air), but even in poor conditions she’s a fine looking young fox. She has tweaked her rear right leg (limping), but does seem able to put weight on it so it seems no more than a very typical fox injury. I’m also trying to work out whether her apparent plumpness is just the result of her thick winter coat… or something else.

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Pretty Vixen coming down the garden

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Pretty Vixen sitting pretty.

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Pretty Vixen at the top of the garden steps

fox with injured rear leg

Pretty Vixen holding injured rear leg

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Pretty Vixen standing proud

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Pretty Vixen portrait

Camera note: first four photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens. The final two were taken with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens