Friend or foe?

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Friend or foe?
Dec 11, 2012

On the weekend I saw an adult fox trotting along as I was driving by. I drove into this place and parked. I saw the fox close by. Went to get my 40D but realized the CF card was missing. Looked around but no luck. So I grabbed my camcorder so I'd at least have something on film. After some time watching the fox, I lost track after it trotted away when a jogger came along. Joggers look menacing to foxes for some reason.

I went to another location nearby. After the morning's coffee, cold and excitement I felt the bladder calling my name. Being the civilized person that I am, climbed up a hill where there were some trees. Afterward, I walked out to this great vantage point. Looked over to where I had been earlier and saw a red patch. Put my binoculars on it and it was a fox. Wow, what great timing.

Drove back over and found a spare CF card in the car. Carefully approached the location and saw a fox moving away. Drats! To my surprise, there was a second fox lazing on top of the rocks. Oh, was I ever excited now. This fox was noticeably smaller than the one that trotted away. I am guessing this must be one of the litter from this Spring and the other larger fox was one of the adults of this little one.

Although it was at first a bit skittish, I stopped in my tracks and let the young fox get used to me. It picked up a white feather from a pile and played with it in its mouth much like a toothpick. Soon enough the fox relaxed in my presence and lay down on the rock again. It was grooming itself as I watched.

Slowly and carefully I approached closer and stopping each time to assess the fox's reaction. Soon I was right up close to it. Full frame with a 70-200 2.* + 1.4. I could have gotten even closer but there was no point. The fox was trusting me by now and I did not want to lose that.

Taken with a Canon 40D (5 years old) and 70-200 2.8L + 1.4x. I used a monopod instead of a tripod because it was easier to manoeuver and thus less scary for the fox. Thanks for looking.

http://www.pbase.com/golfpic/image/147783542/original

Before I arrived, the fox had been dining on what appeared to be a ring-billed (seagull) gull.  I went back later and the fox was gone.  This gave me the opportunity to photograph one of the feathers in the pile and a tiny spec of the remaining meal.

http://www.pbase.com/golfpic/image/147779337/original

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