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A collection of foxes

Missing Brush

A long while since I’ve blogged, but I’ve been continuing to monitor the foxes. Recently I’d noticed one particular fox on the nightcam who seemed to be holding her brush awkwardly. For a while I thought it was being held up and curved away from the camera, in something of a defensive pose. As these few photos show (taken a couple of nights ago), the posture is physical, not behavioural. At some point, this beautiful little fox has lost half her brush. I suspect it was caused by an injury (though how or when I don’t know), but other than that she looks fantastically healthy.

fox with partially missing brush

Stumpy showing the loss of her brush

She has tended to stay at the rear of the garden, but does socialize with Wolfy (though Wolfy is steadfastly dominant). Here’s a couple more shots of her.

fox with partially missing brush

fox with partially missing brush

More soon… hopefully!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS II USM lens.

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More on the fox cubs

The fox cubs are growing up (slowly), and I’m beginning to get a pattern of behaviour. There’s one cub in particular (a male) who follows Wolfy around a lot. The others seem more reticent so although I know there are at least four cubs, as you can see here, generally there is only one or two in the garden at the same time.

Wolfy with four of her fox cubs – (photo 29/4/2019)

Two fox cubs playing chase

There is one particular cub (a young male) who tends to be the boldest, and who follows Wolfy around a lot. Most of the recent photos are of him.

Keeping close to Mum

A rare daylight visit

Wolfy, meanwhile is working very hard to look after her brood. Here she is eyeing up our hedge for nesting birds. She didn’t attempt to climb it (though foxes will climb trees if the incentive is sufficient).

Wolfy investigating a hedge where sparrows may be nesting. Note the cub at her feet, watching!

Look before you leap!

There is a second adult fox, but he never shows himself when I’m there. The nearest encounter is this photo when he was watching carefully from below the fence line as I photographed the bold little cub. Wolfy was further in the garden, just out of shot.

Fox cub, with adult fox in background keeping watch through the fence

Finally, another portrait of the little fox.

Smiling fox cub

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II. The night shots were with the EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS II USM lens. I used the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM for the daytime shots.

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Fox Cubs 2019 edition

Well, Wolfy has finally shown up with some of her cubs. So far the night camera has spotted three fox cubs, though I’ve only seen two of them when I’ve been out watching with the camera. There may be more. It’s very difficult to tell at this stage as their visits are intermittent and quite brief. I’m also being fairly cautious with the camera so as not to spook them. At this age they don’t really know I’m there, but sudden noise or movement will have them running for cover. So these are grabbed shots, but some of them are quite cute. Fox cubs are always cute, so it’s difficult to go wrong!

Here’s a handful of the early shots, taken over a couple of nights, to enjoy

fox cub

They are likely 6-8 weeks old. And so small!

fox cub and vixen

Asking mum for food!

fox cub

Exploring the garden

fox cub

fox cub and vixen

Fox cub with Wolfy

Finally a brief video clip from the trail camera. It’s Wolfy with two cubs and a surprise interloper!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS II USM lens.

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