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Update on our Resident Foxes

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A couple of updates on our resident Foxes! As you can see from this still shot, I’m now certain this is the Vixen and that she has recently given birth. You can clearly see her enlarged nipples on her underside. The last few clips on the video below clearly show them.

Lactating Vixen
Lactating Vixen

I’ve also noticed a pattern over the last week. I have been filming them every night and the same thing happens. Last night it happened twice. The Male Fox comes to feed and after a few visits, he’ll return and pickup as much food as he can fit in his mouth. Then between 7 and 10 minutes later, the Vixen shows up. I can only assume that the Male is taking food back to her to eat and then she comes and visits herself. Last night this pattern occurred twice.

Check out the video from last night and I’ve added the times of each clip so you’ll see what I mean. It was very gusty last night so the Foxes where a bit more jumpy than usual which is why the Male in the “2nd sitting” performs multiple grab and runs! Remember to switch to HD where possible.

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Possible proof that the Vixen has given birth?

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Maybe I’m just seeing what I want to see, however, I set the Bushnell camera up last night to give a side angle of (again, what I think is) the Vixen.

It was a bit frosty last night so was affecting the camera lens a little so quality isn’t great, however, if you compare last nights still-shot against one from just over 2 weeks ago, I’m sure you’ll agree that this Fox is not as “round” as it was. The Fox in both photos are the same Fox as it’s recognisable by a long thin tail with the tip being slightly crooked.

Also, on last nights shot, is that proof of lactating????? There’s certainly some bumpy patches under there. I’ll try and get some super close-ups tonight.

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9th March - Looks nice and round.
9th March – Looks nice and round.
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A visit from (what we think is) the Vixen.

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Last night, we captured (what we believe to be) the Male Fox feeding and again taking mouthfuls of food away, possibly back to the Den to feed the Female. We also had the Mouse back stealing the food. The camera captured the male back for more food 9 minutes after taking away the mouthful. Therefore, if he is the male and he is taking food back to the female, then the Den can’t be far away.

Later in the morning, we did have a visit from what we think is the Female. She looks a little thinner than the last time we saw her (if she is indeed the she!). I couldn’t make out from the footage if she is lactating or not.

It’s not easy to determine the sex of a Fox, but the pair are vastly different. What we believe to be the Male has a big bushy tail and what we believe to be the female has a long thin tail.

I’ll continue to leave the camera out at night, any developments, I’ll let you know.

Mouthful.  Taking back to feed the Vixen?
Mouthful. Taking back to feed the Vixen?
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A sort of failed river walk today

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Decided to go for a walk along a the River Dove this evening in open countryside in the hope that there would be something interesting along the river banks during the Golden Hour, but all I found was water and mud.

So heading back I saw a silhouetted figure of a Rook sitting on top of an old dead tree, so thought it would make a nice high contrast black and white photo. Also did a couple of Lens Compression Sunsets. I couldn’t decide which one of the 2 I liked most, so have shared them both.

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Contrast Rook - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/5.6, ISO320, 1/500 - {Flickr Link}
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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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Silhouetting at Sunset

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I was wandering around the garden with the 300mm f/2.8 and 1.4x Teleconverter trying to capture some garden birds in the golden hour when I saw the sun setting behind a big old Oak Tree that we have. At 500mm the “lens compression” gives the illusion of the sun appearing larger than it is and the backlight the sun is creating gives the tree a nice silhouette. Personally, I think this type of photography is possibly one of the simplest and gives a powerful shot.

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Oak Sunset. D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/8, ISO100, 1/4000 - {Flickr Link}

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