When Foxes Meet

More foxes, I’m afraid. Well, no I’m not. The photos are from the past week and show two different adults. The video is from the trail cam and has two encounters between two foxes. First adults, and then juveniles. The final sequence shows a badger, but I’ve since noticed that there’s a fox lurking in the top right corner!

Anyway, photos first…

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Nicked-ear fox… not the more frequent of the two adult vistors

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Nicked-ear peering between the shrubs

Plus two or three photos of the regular adult male. As ever he continues to maintain a healthy 9-10 metre distance, but I have managed a few more photos of him doing something other than eating! He does now appear almost immediately I go out there (as long as I stick to his rules).

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Fox under the apple tree

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Coming down the garden steps

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Walking across the grass

Finally, the video…

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens. Video from a Bushnell Trophy HD trail camera.

Still Stuck at Nine and Half Metres

That’s the limit (9.5m) of how close the dog fox will allow me to approach. We’ve been playing this game of distances for several weeks now and it seems to be remarkably fixed. Where he has become more tolerant is that he’ll let me get that close even when food isn’t in the immediate vicinity. I’m still some very long way from being able to pose him where I would like (I have managed that with other foxes), but I am now achieving photos other than ones of him tucking in. Here’s a selection from the past week.

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This is the standard shot… easy to get but not very interesting

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Ok, he is ‘tucking in’ in this one, but at least it’s a different position.

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This is becoming a favourite challenge….

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The fox hides behind a bush and teases with intermittent glances through the branches

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If I’m lucky…. he steps forward

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Walking in the open

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But most of the time this is all I can see…

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

Fox Update

The dog (male) fox that visits the garden is becoming much more predictable in its habits, and we seem to have established something of a nightly routine. For much of the evening he is lurking nearby, in the shadows. If I go outside he may appear briefly on the steps at the far end of the garden, but he won’t stay there for long. He’s waiting for food.

If I approach to put out something for him (peanuts and maybe a few scraps), he retreats and won’t come back until I retreat at least 9 metres. 8.5 metres and he stays put. Seriously. He seems to have laser-accurate measuring instinct. At 9 metres he’s fine. I move forward… he retreats by the same distance. I retreat… he moves forward. Very occasionally I can inch closer… but if I’m spotted we’re back at square one. Anyway, he’s being very co-operative within those parameters and deserves a hefty blog of his own.

Here he comes...

Here he comes…

Is that 8.5 or 9 metres?

Is that 8.5 or 9 metres?

Ok, you're keeping your distance.

Ok, you’re keeping your distance.

I'll wait here until you move.

I’ll wait here until you move.

That's better!

That’s better!

Those were all taken on Thursday night. I have plenty more. This really is something of a return to the early heart of this blog. I’m enjoying it!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.