Regular readers of this blog will know that I spend a good deal of time out in our garden watching the comings and goings of the local foxes, and that occasionally – while I’m out there – I spot other garden visitors. Last night was such an occasion. Perched on the wall which separates the upper garden area from the house was a large toad. Toads are very occasional garden sightings, so its appearance was something of a surprise. I did spot a baby toad a few weeks ago, scuttling away under some shrubs, but it is a long while since I’ve seen an adult. This one was unmissable.
Tonight was toadless, but two of the local foxes showed up. The nicked-ear male is the more confident and regular of the foxes, and he’s in the foreground of this photo. The more wary vixen is lurking in the background.
She may be wary, but the temptation of peanuts can occasionally be too much for a fox. Here she is nervously reaching forward.
She takes what she can and retreats. The male, though still cautious, is prepared to bide his time as long as I keep a safe distance away. He’s quite relaxed in this last image.
Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.