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Mistle Thrush Success!

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Remember a while back I managed to photograph a pair of Mistle Thrushes building a nest in one of our Oak Trees?

Well, after building it, they didn’t actually use it and have seen nothing of them since.

However, this evening I spotted this young Mistle Thrush in the garden!

Photos aren’t great as I quickly grabbed the camera and got what I could, but I’ll keep an eye out for it and take some more.

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Young Mistle Thrush - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/6.3, ISO400, 1/640sec
Young Mistle Thrush – D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/6.3, ISO400, 1/640sec
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Vixen, Cub and the Other One

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Here is some footage from Wednesday evening of the Vixen with her Cub and you’ll also notice right at the start another Fox in the background which is probably the other one we saw a few days ago.

Again, sorry for the odd crackling on the footage but it’s yet another Bushnell Camera to be returned, I’m now on the 4th camera since March and still getting issues. I also don’t think the quality is as good as the other 3 I’ve had to return.

Once this current bad weather passes, I’m going to attempt to get some colour video from my D7100 from within my hide.

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Parent & Child.

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Got over an hours worth of footage of the cub last night so will take a while to go through it all but here’s a photo of the Vixen (to be confirmed) and her cub.

It looks like there is only one cub however, as you can see from photo, the Vixen (again, I need to confirm it is her) is holding her left rear leg off the floor. She is limping a little, it doesn’t seem to be affecting her much though so hopefully just cut her paw.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, I’ve had a complete failure of the SD Card so have lost this footage, but fear not, I’ll get some more.

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Parent & Child
Parent & Child

Busy weekend for Fox action! Newcomer and a Cub!

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It was a busy weekend with what seems to be a newcomer visiting. It’s certainly not the original Male as he a strange deformed/injured tail with the end missing. It doesn’t appear to be lactating so possible a different Male.

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Newcomer?
Newcomer?
Fox Cub
Fox Cub

However, we also got another glimpse of a Fox cub on Sunday morning before running off after what I think is it’s parent.

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First appearance of a Fox Cub!

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Blink and you’ll miss, right at the beginning of this clip of the Vixen eating you’ll see a young Cub in the background.

This is great to finally see one. Of course, I don’t know if this is the only Cub but can only think that the Vixen is keeping them away from coming into the garden currently so hope for more footage soon.

Sorry about the bad audio quality, I’m having issues with the Bushnell Natureview Max HD (Colour) camera. I’m on my 4th replacement since March and still having issues!

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Long wait for the Vixen tonight

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Typical, she’s been coming just after 9pm for the last few nights whilst it’s still quite light. So I set-up a hide in preparation and waited and waited and waited, then it went dark, and I waited.

Just in case this happened, I put the flood lights on ready. Plus, I wanted the lights to give her that all important sparkle in her eye even if it was still light.

She turned up around 10:10pm so hardly any usable light left, but you can just about see some blue sky tint in her eyes.

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Vixen - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ f/2.8, ISO3200, 1/10sec - {Flickr Link}
Vixen - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ f/2.8, ISO3200, 1/15sec - {Flickr Link}

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