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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

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

fox cub and vixen

Asking mum for food!

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Exploring the garden

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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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Starting the Year with a Fox

January has generally been a fairly quiet month for our garden foxes. It’s the time of year when they are busy breeding and establishing dens in preparation for their new cubs (expected March/April, though they can be earlier). The previous season’s cubs will often have been driven away from their birth territory, and even those who remain tend to establish new, more cautious habits. Watching them becomes tricky (and has often required hours of standing out in the cold for little more than a fleeting glimpse).

That’s why the appearance of Wolfy over the past few weeks has been such a welcome surprise. He was one of the 2018 cubs. A small, grey/black young fox with a cheeky temperament but always something of an outsider from the main group.

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Wolfy at about 12 weeks old, taken back in May 2018

Over the past few weeks he has started showing up again (after a gap of a couple of months), and slowly I am regaining his confidence. At first he would retreat to the cover at the rear of garden at the slightest movement or sound. Slowly though, he has let me creep closer. 10 metres…8…6…5… And last night he was comfortable enough to explore the flower beds just alongside me (maybe 2 or 3 metres gap between us).

fox on steps

Stepping down into the garden

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Pausing among the plants

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Watching me watching him

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He even posed for a classic portrait shot.

Pretty, the vixen, has only been by once or twice in the past few weeks, but I suspect she has other things on her mind. She’s coming up to two years’ old so this is a prime time for her to have her first litter. With luck she will find a den nearby. And with more luck we’ll have a whole new family of foxes in 2019.

Finally, just a note on the website. I’ve made a number of small adjustments the most obvious of which is the ‘cookie bar’ at the bottom of the page, but the very sharp-eyed may have noticed some small stylistic changes as well. These are simply to keep the design template ‘current’.

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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