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“Bottle Brush” and his Vixen still visits! (Video)

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foxscreenshotThe Foxes are still around! This video from last night shows what I think is the Vixen and “Bottle Brush” the male.

Bottle Brush is so called due to his short bushy tail. Last year, the Vixen was limping and as you can see, she is again. However, this is a different injury as last year it was her left leg.

Very impressed with this new Bushnell, the Infrared LEDs are a lot brighter. I did think I stumbled across a bug as it was only recording 15 second clips instead of the 60 seconds I had configured the camera to do. Turns out, if you use the LEDs in full brightness, the maximum you can get is 15 seconds. Possibly down to the amount of power it uses. I imagine the Medium setting will still be adequate.
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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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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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Update on the Foxes, where is the Male?

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I’ve been having a few issues capturing footage with the Bushnell camera but all is good now after a swap out. I have, however, been watching through the window and haven’t seen the Male for a while.

The Vixen is regularly visiting through the night which hopefully means her Cubs can be left. As you can see in the first still shot, she’s looking in good condition. No sign of the Cubs yet, but more worryingly, no sign of the Male unless there was a brief showing last night. The second still shot is from a video in that a head appeared briefly before disappearing. I can’t quite tell, but this might be the Male as the neck seems a lot thicker than the Vixen. Now that the Bushnell is back up and running, hopefully he’ll make an appearance tonight.

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Vixen
Vixen
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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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