“Hiding in plain sight” (Photo courtesy of Nature's Home reader, David Horsley)

Synonymous with the red fox is a sneaky, stealthy demeanour. In childhood TV cartoons I have blurred memories of my sister watching a sleek silhouette skulk across jungle landscapes that were regularly patrolled by a somehow unsuspecting young explorer. Bafflingly oblivious to the threat no matter how many times she was robbed, or regardless of how often kids hurled warning at her through their TV screens. It was an opportunistic little devil and would pounce on any opportunity to swipe goods from Dora's grasp. With probably the same subtlety, this fabulous photo of a fox demonstrates what they're renowned for - ever so slightly failing to maintain the cunning that foxes usually have in abundance.

Nature’s Home reader David Horsley sent in this shot, taken at Carsington Water in Derbyshire with the sun low in the sky. David watched this fox spend some time assessing the situation, in the process scattering all the other birds bar this regal mute swan. Clearly classifying the fox as not a threat, it glided through the waters slowly away from any danger. Red foxes are scavengers and dine on almost anything they can find, including but not exclusive to insects, earthworms, fruit, berries, small birds, small mammals, carrion and food scraps left by humans.

Lit up in this shot, the fox’s gorgeous red/brown fur and white chest adds to the moment captured by David’s lens. Though many foxes such as this one live in the UK’s countryside, a surprising number of them have wandered into nearly every one of the country’s cities to make their homes and adapted very well to urban life. Red foxes usually live in family groups that include one dog, one vixen, cubs and some female assistants from older litters. Active at dusk and during the dead of night, they search alone for food – as demonstrated in this awesome photo of the week.  

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