While doing some small stuff for day 7 of 30dayswild I noticed this chap/chapess wanting its photo taking.
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Lot to learn
I was lucky enough to catch this vixen earlier in the week. It had just attempted to catch a duck or a heron, failed and tried to pass it off nonchalantly!
Sadly, like the Hares at Havergate photographed by WJ, it seems animal rudeness is on the increase … and even foxes are now blowing raspberries at photographers
Apart from that, it was a great encounter with a rather beautiful fox - I like the pale fur blending into the dark on the flanks of this individual
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
In reply to HAZY:
HAZY said:Nigel, the vixen looks quite underweight so a pity she didn't catch any prey but she is such a beautiful fox.
She might be thin but I think at least some of that is due to the pose with her back arched up making it appear worse than it actually is. Plus a couple of days later two healthy cubs were spotted in the area, so they are probably hers (she has swollen mammary glands in some shots I have so I think she is a recent mother) and they are probably getting the lion's share!
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