Two Foxes

I took these shots about an hour ago in the garden. I was out there waiting to see if the foxes would appear. They seem to be becoming more accustomed to our presence in the garden, but it’s still very hit and miss. While I was outside I heard the sound of machinery coming from across the valley. The farmers were out working the fields up on the South Downs. This is the best photo I managed (with a 200mm lens, hand-held). The distance is probably about a mile.

Night farming

That passed a little bit of time (it needed several attempts to get a usable image) before the foxes appeared. The first to show was the nicked-ear male. He is now generally tolerant as long as I stay well back and don’t move.

fox (male)

His demeanour alerted me to the possible presence of a second fox, and sure enough I could see a vixen at the rear of the garden. She too seems to be getting more comfortable with us and eventually stepped forward out of the shadows. She’s a pretty vixen (but not ‘Pretty’). She was fairly cautious, but not spooked by the camera.

Fox (vixen)

I have several more images to process, but none of the pair of them together. I’m not complaining (but will try harder).

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

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  1. derwandersmann June 16, 2014 at 2:55 am #

    You had a late, wet spring, I assume … that’s why the farmers are working late.
    She IS pretty, isn’t she? A bit younger than Pretty, I’d say.

    • Darko June 18, 2014 at 3:32 am #

      And skinnier but that just might be the angle.

      • Words June 20, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

        Darko, she is quite skinny, yes.

    • Words June 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

      dW, it was wet earlier in the year, but they tend to put in an all night shift on that particular field. I’m not sure why, but it’s a sight I’ve got used to over the years.