Tag Archives: fox

Fox Cub and Vixen special

Well I’ve just realized there are no foxes on the front page of the blog and that’s a situation I can’t allow to continue for too long… so here’s a short sequence taken yesterday of Pretty playing with one of the cubs. She has the food and the cub is persuading her to part with it.

fox cub and vixen

fox cub and vixen

fox cub and vixen

fox cub and vixen

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

Reds…

Ok, it’s a long while since I’ve simply themed a page like this, but everything here is red… (even when they don’t look like they are).

The first is a red-eared terrapin. They are feral (discarded domestic animals). The terrapins have survived for a number of years in Falmer Pond as – essentially – they are at the top of the local food chain with no natural predators. There are several, and this one is close to the size of a dinner plate. It’s unlikely that they’ll be able to breed in our climate as the eggs are laid on the ground and need a consistent temperature above 25C for a couple of months.

red-eared terrapin

Red-eared Terrapin basking at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

The next little sequence is another non-native species, but rather less damaging to local wildlife. This one was sharing calls with a mate (who was out of sight). It’s a red-legged partridge.

red-legged partridge

Red-legged partridge crossing the road at at Falmer Village, East Sussex

red-legged partridge

Red-legged partridge basking in the sun

red-legged partridge

Red-legged partridge in the shade of the trees

This one is easy… red sky!

sunset

Sunset over Woodingdean

Lastly, the inevitable red fox (to give its proper name). It’s a short sequence of Pretty sharing a markie biscuit with one of the cubs.

vixen and fox cub

Pretty sharing with a cub

vixen and fox cub

Fox cub begging

vixen and fox cub

Whoops.. they’ve dropped it

Camera note: all daytime photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. The EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM was used for the foxes.

Pretty Brings a Cub to Visit

Pretty, our regular vixen doesn’t have any of her own fox cubs, but she is supporting a senior vixen in a ‘helper’ role. This is common behaviour among foxes. Pretty, herself only just a year old is working hard supporting the senior vixen with baby-sitting, food gathering and other support. She was in the garden this evening gathering up some chicken scraps which she dutifully took back to the nearby cubs. She returned a few minutes later, and this time had a cub in tow. This was the first proper visit by a cub this year.

fox cub

Pretty standing over a fox cub she brought with her into the garden

fox cub

Tasting chicken

fox cub

fox cub

fox cub

No doubt there will be many more visits over the coming weeks. Pretty is still the main visitor, but even Mama has put in the occasional visit recently.

vixen

Mama Vixen

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