Little Dog Fox

So far as I can tell there are five fox cubs visiting the garden (at least according to the trail camera). We’re getting to know them quite well. There’s the Little Vixen (fine-boned and very pretty and very bold), Black Tail (who has an amazing dark brush), Long Face (who is lightly coloured), a second vixen who visits less frequently than the rest and who I haven’t yet named… and this little chap we call the ‘little dog fox’. He has a permanently wizened look about him, as though his brow is permanently in a furrow. He was quite dominant as a young cub, but more recently has stayed away from the main group. This evening he made a lengthy visit (on his own) which is when I took this sequence.

Fox cub in long grass

Fox cub in the grass

Fox cub in the grass

He was back again tonight with three of the others, so perhaps his confidence is building. He does seem to get bullied though.

I also got a rare sighting of the adult dog fox, who made a brief appearance at the rear of the garden while four of the youngsters were congregating near our back door!

Adult dog fox

I’ll focus on the others over the next few posts.

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

6 Comments

  1. derwandersmann July 6, 2017 at 4:37 am #

    The “little dog fox” has a very expressive face … of course, it’s almost impossible to avoid projecting human emotions onto him, so I suppose I’m probably reading something into what I see.
    Wonderful shots!

    • Words July 8, 2017 at 12:25 am #

      He has unusual facial markings and is smaller than the others. A true runt of the litter, but he seems to be coming into his own.

  2. Darko July 8, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    They are starting to show their own character, as they grow up 🙂

  3. Aurora J Stone July 9, 2017 at 6:34 am #

    These are lovely portraits. I look forward to more.

  4. Words July 12, 2017 at 11:18 pm #

    Darko, oh definitely! Interesting fact I found out this week. Cubs in the same litter can have as many as 5 different biological fathers!

  5. Words July 12, 2017 at 11:19 pm #

    Aurora, thanks! I’ll gather together some other sets soon. Currently somewhat overwhelmed with work but that will quieten soon.