More Sunny Fox Photos

Just a short update with some photos from this afternoon, but before those here’s a photo from Monday night in which Pretty is showing very clear signs that she is pregnant. That may also explain why a male fox has been in close attendance several times recently. He’s been very shy, but I do have some trail cam clips of them together. Her den must be fairly near, so it’s looking good for more cubs in the next month or so.

pregnant vixen

The rest of the blog are some photos of her taken late this afternoon. I love this time of year as the late afternoon sun produce some wonderfully rich light.

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Pretty Vixen in late afternoon sunshine

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Pretty Vixen strolling

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Pretty Vixen smiling

Camera note: first photo the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens. The rest were with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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.

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Pretty Vixen comes down the garden

She sat around and explored different corners.

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Pretty Vixen sitting in the sunshine

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Standing near the trail camera

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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.

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Pretty Vixen in the late afternoon light

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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.