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Mama Vixen

A month or so ago I posted that we thought Pretty Vixen was pregnant… but that proved to be a false alarm. She isn’t. What’s been noticeable though over the past three weeks or so is that her behaviour has changed. She visits less frequently and either takes any scraps away or caches them. She’s what is known as a ‘helper vixen’, a young female who assists in the raising of another vixen’s cubs.

Last night she was in the garden again, but Mama was lurking in the background.

Pretty Vixen and lactating vixen

Pretty Vixen and lactating vixen

Lactating vixen

Lactating vixen

Lactating vixen

Lactating vixen

For the mother to be venturing out so soon, the cubs must be very close so there’s a good chance (but not guaranteed) that we’ll see them while they are quite young. We’ll be watching!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

A Little Bit of Snow – Fox Special

Well, after the ‘Beast from the East’ (a minor snow fall a couple of weeks ago) we had the ‘Little Beast’ this weekend, barely more than a flurry… but our media likes to dramatise these things by giving them names. Makes for better headlines. To be fair, there was some snow over Saturday night, and this morning there was a fox in the snow. So I’m happy. The fox of course is Pretty.

fox in snow

Pretty Vixen coming down the garden

fox in snow

fox in snow

Pretty Vixen listening to birds flying overhead

fox in snow

fox in snow

fox in snow

Pretty Vixen sticking her tongue out

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

More Sunny Fox Photos

Just a short update with some photos from this afternoon, but before those here’s a photo from Monday night in which Pretty is showing very clear signs that she is pregnant. That may also explain why a male fox has been in close attendance several times recently. He’s been very shy, but I do have some trail cam clips of them together. Her den must be fairly near, so it’s looking good for more cubs in the next month or so.

pregnant vixen

The rest of the blog are some photos of her taken late this afternoon. I love this time of year as the late afternoon sun produce some wonderfully rich light.

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Pretty Vixen in late afternoon sunshine

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Pretty Vixen strolling

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Pretty Vixen smiling

Camera note: first photo the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens. The rest were with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.