Operation Fox 2022…

It has been another cracking year for the foxes and my photography, of course.. Over the last year the foxes have visited every night, nearly always to feed, unless I have upset them by moving something. There are always nervous, it has been a huge education for both Alex & I, each one reacts differently, comes through the garden their own way. It’s just so interesting and watching these creatures behave. We have had to name the foxes as the family has changed and grown…

In 2020, at the beginning at lockdown we were lucky enough do discover we had to adult foxes visiting the garden, this is when we started our project. The male we named “Red”, very large male, female “Floss”

"Red" male adult

“Red” male adult

“Floss” female adult 

A few weeks later, two cubs appeared..

Over time these two were soon appearing earlier and earlier, allowing us plenty of time to observe. We also kept the trailcams running, gaining some great footage, then two new arrives ran into the garden. The cubs were named Pip and Bar, around two months old at this stage.

“Pip and Bar”

In no time I had got the pair used to the lighting, gaining some cracking shots. A busy year, but great fun watching these grow. Around Summer, we stopped seeing the adults, now these only visit the odd time, mainly in mating season or when times are hard. As the cubs grew, we noticed that Bar was becoming the more dominate one, and soon “Pip would only pop in occasionally.

We were able to keep an eye on Bar all winter, even grabbing an odd image in the snow. Then in February, we noticed that her teats were enlarged on one of the trailcams. I wont say I was happy or excited at the thought of another year viewing and shooting these cute, smart, curious animals…

“Bar in the snow”

  In April 2021, we caught our first sight of a cub, trailcams showing our cat Hollie, coming down the path with one in tow. Next night the gear was set and I was ready to shoot, come on, had too. Still with their partial black fur, two trotted up the path. Guessing around six weeks old, cute, cute, cute. These were named Jak and Kim…

“Kim”

“Jak”

This year, it has been a busy year with the tracks reopening, but I made sure I still managed regular shoots with the cubs, trying different angles and lighting setups. The sad part, was knowing it was time for Bar to move on. Again, now only visiting a few times a year.

As we come into 2022, both of the cubs are still visiting each night, beautiful creatures in dam fine condition, they love a bit of fresh chicken & it shows. The odd fight breaks out as they become more competitive, but still hang out together. Below are a few of the images captured during 2021, the garden again has had a few changes over the winter, hopefully helping to add a few more different shots for 2022, well that’s if we get cubs…

In 2022 I am planning to give a bit more detail about the shots, more footage showing their best moments and the new tech we will be using to gain the images. So keep an eye on the site, or subscribe, or on my Facebook page…

Thanks for visiting…

 

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