Fox Family 2017

Things are looking very good out in the garden. Last night I spent about an hour watching fruitlessly for the foxes (and cub), getting no more than a glimpse as the adults flitted across the rear of the garden. I took one last look in the early hours of the morning and spotted the adult male sitting calmly at the back of the garden… with a cub!

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Adult fox (male) and young cub (6-7 weeks)

He tolerated the camera for a short while…

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Getting ready to make a retreat

And then they were gone…

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One last peek from the youngster

That got me thinking about the trail camera. Was the interaction caught on film? I grabbed the data card this afternoon and have put together a small selection of clips. There are five fox cubs, and the clips show all of them together in a couple of sequences, plus other interactions with both of the adults.

I can see some late night fox watching ahead…

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

More Fox Cub Pix

Well that was fun! The young fox cub (6-7 weeks is my best guess) was enjoying itself in the garden again this evening. I’d been waiting for about 40 minutes before it appeared, but it was well worth it. So far I’ve only seen this one cub, but I’ve often been wrong about how many there are. It’s still very early to see them going far from the den, so this is likely the boldest of the litter. We’re already getting just a little bit used to each other.

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Here the fox cub is lurking at the back of the garden

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Looking up to see what there is to discover

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Picking out the best bits of food

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This will do nicely!

All being well, expect to see many more like this in the coming weeks!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS lens.

Lapwing

I’d been hoping for another fox cub, but so far nothing this evening. Instead here are a couple of shots of lapwings taken today at Pulborough Brooks, the RSPB reserve in West Sussex.

Lapwing at Pulborough Brooks RSPB reserve in West Sussex

Lapwing in flight

The last shot is simply a reference image, also taken today at Pulborough. It’s a nightingale, an iconic small bird. It had gathered a good sized crowd around it to listen to its beautiful song.

Nightingale at Pulborough Brooks, RSPB reserve, West Sussex

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