Pretty Little Vixen and an Apple (i-Fox)

Dreadful pun in the title aside, this is a short sequence taken this afternoon when I was testing out my new 24-70mm lens. The subject is the little vixen we call’ Pretty’ (because she is). She’s quite bold, and has been one of the more consistent of the cubs over the past few months. Pretty is also quite fond of apples.

fox and tree

Pretty little vixen sitting beneath the apple tree

FOX CUB

Pretty little vixen sticking her tongue out!

fox cub and apple

Guarding the apple

fox cub and apple

Chewing the apple

fox cub and apple

A bigger bite!

She didn’t actually eat the apple, but she did enjoy lapping up the juices that flowed from the slightly rotten fruit. I’ve also seen her pulling at the apples on the tree. This is her about a week ago. The apples weren’t quite ready to drop and she eventually gave up!

fox cub and apple

Pretty fox cub trying to steal an apple

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens.

It Begins with a Kiss (Fox photo special)

The fox cubs were enjoying the late afternoon sun today. Lot’s of lolling around and sleeping, but the Little Dog Fox is (at 4 months old) reaching that awkward adolescent stage. The cub we call Long Nose is the other cub…

fox cubs playing

It begins with a kiss

fox cubs playing

The Little Dog Fox gets romantic with Long Nose

fox cubs playing

fox cubs playing

Whoops!

fox cubs playing

fox cubs playing

A quick nibble

fox cubs playing

And it ends with a kiss!

This is all play for the cubs… they won’t start breeding until about 9 months old. And an interesting side fact I learnt this week from the excellent BBC film ‘The British Garden: Life and Death on your Lawn‘ is that one litter of fox cubs can have up to five different fathers!

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

Little Dog Fox

So far as I can tell there are five fox cubs visiting the garden (at least according to the trail camera). We’re getting to know them quite well. There’s the Little Vixen (fine-boned and very pretty and very bold), Black Tail (who has an amazing dark brush), Long Face (who is lightly coloured), a second vixen who visits less frequently than the rest and who I haven’t yet named… and this little chap we call the ‘little dog fox’. He has a permanently wizened look about him, as though his brow is permanently in a furrow. He was quite dominant as a young cub, but more recently has stayed away from the main group. This evening he made a lengthy visit (on his own) which is when I took this sequence.

Fox cub in long grass

Fox cub in the grass

Fox cub in the grass

He was back again tonight with three of the others, so perhaps his confidence is building. He does seem to get bullied though.

I also got a rare sighting of the adult dog fox, who made a brief appearance at the rear of the garden while four of the youngsters were congregating near our back door!

Adult dog fox

I’ll focus on the others over the next few posts.

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