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The Vixen (video)

As a postscript to yesterday’s post, here’s some recent footage from the trail camera 🙂

Meet the Vixen

She’s cautious, but a new mother’s first responsibility is to her young and the vixen ventured into the garden tonight and kept a watchful eye on the cubs. I just took a couple of shots of her from a distance.

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Lactating vixen keeping a watchful eye at the rear of the garden while her cubs venture forth

The cubs were as playful as ever (and greedy). A couple of them had a good scrap with each other (but the photos aren’t up to scratch… focusing moving targets in the dark isn’t easy), but in the main they were just very cute.

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This one is definitely on the greedy side of things

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This little one stayed out later than the rest.

fox cub drinking

At the water trough

The final photo is actually from last night, but I like it and it rounds things off nicely by including the dog fox.

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Fox cub and adult (male) fox

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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.