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Always find it hard to turn down a good Moon

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When the Moon is shining through the Living Room window and the skies are clear, I struggle to turn down the opportunity to shoot the Moon. Tonight, I was going to get some Moon and Cloud shots, but it’s so windy that by the time I grabbed the Camera and Tripod, the clouds had blown away, so settled for a close up. It was full a couple of days ago, so is currently Waning Gibbous at 98%.

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Waning Gibbous - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/8, ISO100, 1/80sec - {Flickr Link}
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The Vixen in Full Colour

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After putting the food out last night, I left the garden flood lights on and used my Land Rover as a hide. I wasn’t sure if she’d come with the lights on, but after waiting for about half an hour she showed up.

Even with the lights on, it’s very dark for a camera which meant a very high ISO of 3200. Even so, the shutter speed was only 1/20 second which means she had to be very still at the time of the photograph.

This is the best one I managed to get which I’m pretty happy with. It’s a bit “noisy” due to the high ISO, but still good enough.

I have the option of setting up a remote flash to light the scene, but I’m not a fan of this as I’m sure she won’t appreciate it. It worked for the Mouse shot a few weeks ago but pretty sure it would scare the Fox away and the last thing I want to do is spook her enough that she stops coming.

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Vixen - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ f/2.8, ISO3200, 1/20sec - {Flickr Link}
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The Vixen Feeding in the Garden

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Got some great captures of the Vixen eating in the garden last night, here is one of them.

Still no sign of the Male and it’s been a couple of weeks now. It could just be that this isn’t his patch now that the Vixen is leaving the Den and he’s off wandering other areas, of course, it could be worse than that, but I’ll stay positive that he’s still around.

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Moon is looking good tonight

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I’ve always been fascinated by the Moon, I think it’s something to do with knowing I’ll never get to go there but it’s something I can see and doesn’t really seem that far away.

Tonight it’s quite low in the sky and perfectly lit showing it’s huge craters. The fact that on a good night, we can see these craters with the naked human eye just begs belief on how vast they must be.

With a full moon just a few days ago, the current Moon Phase for tonight is Waning Gibbous at 94.4% illumination. Waning Gibbous is the term given to the Moon when it’s decreasing in illumination buy not enough to be a crescent (in other words, fading from Full Moon). Gibbous actually means Humped-Backed. For more information about the Moon Phases, check out http://fullmoonphases.com/.

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Finally, 100% proof that Vixen is feeding her young

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Captured earlier tonight, here is a quick clip of the Vixen in the garden. This angle shows 100% that she is feeding her cubs. You can clearly make out her lactating nipples. I now wait anxiously for the day that she brings them to the garden to feed, but that will be a few weeks off yet I suspect.

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The Foxes had to share their food last night

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We have a pair of Foxes that regularly visit the garden overnight, well why wouldn’t they, we do leave food out for them.

Some may think that we shouldn’t do this, but my way of looking at it is, what’s the difference between feeding the Foxes and feeding the Garden Birds?

We live quite rural too, so not really affecting anyone.

Last night, I set up my Bushnell Natureview Cam HD Max and it seems as the Foxes had to share their dinner!

The video contains captures from between 10pm and 4am. I noticed that only one of the Foxes came to feed last night, and as it’s the end of March, it could be that they now have young. The one shot of the Fox grabbing as much as it can leads me to believe that maybe it was taking food back to the Den. If they do have young, depending on how far away the Den is (I have no idea where it is) they may even bring the cubs to feed at around 8 weeks old.

The one strange thing I did notice is the birds are singing at 4am? It’s not Dawn until around 5:30am?

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