Our neighbour gets quite a few foxes in her back garden, so I went around there this evening to try and photograph them.
She has a motion-sensor security light in the back garden, so I had to wait for the foxes to come close enough to the house to trigger the light to come on. It's a very bright one, (gives the illusion of near-daylight in the photos) but for some reason the camera didn't like it (or the most likely explanation is I had it on the wrong settings) so most of the ones I took came out blurry... these were the best two.
It's interesting seeing how cat-like their eyes are- and this is a very healthy looking urban fox! It's not the same vixen as the one who visits our garden- this one is more mature-looking and filled out. She seems to be scent marking while keeping a close watch on the house in the second photo.
Two excellent shots. I never thought about the potential of security lights to illuminate garden visitors. This one looks very well fed. The ones I see, even the healthy looking individuals, are much more rangy.
I saw a very healthy looking fox in the wood near me yesterday, it just sat there looking back at me, it can't have seen the dog They must be about all the time around here but I seldom hear them and see them even less. Always nice to to catch a glimpse and an eyeball to eyeball is outstanding ian
The reaction of the foxes I see to the dog depends on, I think, the age and experience of the foxes. I've seen young foxes bolt at the first sight of the dog, but older foxes appear to know a dog on a lead is not a problem and sit and observe.
I went over and got some more photos tonight, (I'm addicted now that I know about that security light!) and I was rewarded... there were four foxes, all scampering about and yipping at each other, (she said normally she only gets two at a time.) They stop and stare at the house frequently as though sensing they are being watched, even though I had the kitchen light off. The owner has an old derelict shed at the bottom of the garden, which I presume they stay under during the day, and it's all quite overgrown... they've found a nice little home for themselves.
I wasn't able to get a decent photo of all four together- and it's funny, but when you see them all at the same time it's easy to tell them apart. Individual photos, and I'm not sure which is which. These were the best out of the ones I took this evening... they all appear to be in good health, and they completely ignore her cat who goes in and out the flap, and sits watching them.
These were the best ones I took last night, (the second one is my favourite- I might even print that one out.) The lighting was quite different, because these were taken a bit earlier than the night before. I suppose the dwindling daylight was cancelling out the intensity of the security light, so the colours are not as vivid- the camera was on the same settings.
No more fox photos for a while, I promise! Well, maybe if there's something interesting on the trail cam.