A Red FoxJanuary 3, 2010


I haven't seen a red fox in the neighborhood game land for over two years now, so I thought it would be reasonably safe to include some fox photos without having anyone grabbing a gun to go after one.

During the warm weather, most glimpses of any fox were quite fleeting, and it was always a question of whether I'd be able to raise my camera fast enough and focus before the fox disappeared. Until 2007, the following (as obscured as it is) was about my best red fox photo.

A hidden red fox

Winter 2007 was cold with lots of snow. I think the cold had something to do with my having a clear sighting of the red fox without its disappearing on eye contact. (Having a 1000mm lens helps too.)
Identify the two hawks

I ran into foxes (or, more likely, the same fox) a number of times during that winter. Then I didn't have much further contact until July 2007. Spring 2007 was also a good year for fawn photos, which may help explain the following scene.

The red fox was dozing on a grassy area while a doe and two fawns approached (although only one fawn is visible in the photo below). As the deer came closer, the fox became alert and sat up.

Scene with red fox, doe, and fawn

The doe was far more concerned about me than about the fox. However, the two fawns were quite nervous with the fox nearby. Eventually the doe and fawns left the area, and the fox remained on the grass.

Photo note: I used a Pentax *1st D, with the SMC reflex 1000mm lens, during 2006 and 2007 for these photos.  

White-tailed fawns || Deer with leaf

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