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I found these guys on Friday evening, then spent the rest of Friday evening/night planning my photographic campaign (I only slept for 2 hours :-)). I got to their location at 3:45am quietly pitched my hide 40m away and down wind using using red light to see in a hedge and waited. At 9:00am the cubs came out to play sporadically and then around 10am the male came by with breakfast. I then crept away later that day when the cubs were playing in an area away from sight.

Red Fox Cubs (Vulpes vulpes) – Devon, UK

Canon 7D
Canon 500mm F4 L IS plus 1.4x Extender
F5.6
ISO400
1/500th
Tripod
Evaluative Metering Exposure +2/3

Text adapted from – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_fox

The Red Fox is the largest of the true foxes, as well as being the most geographically spread member of the Carnivora, being distributed across the entire northern hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, Central America, and the steppes of Asia. Its range has increased alongside human expansion, having been introduced to Australasia, where it is considered harmful to native mammal and bird populations. Because of these factors, it is listed as Least Concern for extinction by the IUCN. It is listed among the 100 “world’s worst alien invasive species”.

The red fox originated from smaller-sized ancestors from Eurasia during the Middle Villafranchian period, and colonised North America shortly after the Wisconsian glaciation.

Red foxes are social animals, whose groups are led by a mated pair which monopolises breeding. Subordinates within a group are typically the young of the mated pair, who remain with their parents to assist in caring for new kits. The species primarily feeds on small rodents, though it may also target leporids, game birds, reptiles, invertebrates and young ungulates. Fruit and vegetable matter is also eaten on occasion. Although the red fox tends to displace or even kill its smaller cousins, it is nonetheless vulnerable to attack from larger predators such as wolves, coyotes, golden jackals and medium and large felines.

The species has a long history of association with humans, having been extensively hunted as a pest and furbearer for centuries, as well as being prominently represented in human folklore and mythology. Because of its widespread distribution and large population, the red fox is one of the most important furbearing animals harvested for the fur trade.

The earliest fossil specimens of Vulpes vulpes were uncovered in Barany, Hungary dating from between 3.4—1.8 million years ago. The ancestral species was likely smaller than the current one, as the earliest red fox fossils are smaller than modern populations. The earliest fossil remains of the modern species date back to the mid-Pleistocene in association with the refuse of early human settlements. This has led to the theory that the red fox was exploited by primitive humans as both a source of food and pelts.

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  • Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)
    Neil Bygrave (...about 3 years ago

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot Neil, great work.

  • Thank you Mark

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  • seawhisper
    seawhisperabout 3 years ago

    cuteness factor on :)

  • Thank you :-)

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  • Rick Playle
    Rick Playleabout 3 years ago

    Sure shows us the beauty of nature and the special place in our hearts baby animals warm
    well captured Neil. cheers Rick

  • Thank you Rick

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  • David Friederich
    David Friederichabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot, Neil.

  • Thank you David

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  • Aj Finan
    Aj Finanabout 3 years ago

    That is sooo cute :)

  • Thank you Aj :-)

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  • jaffa
    jaffaabout 3 years ago

    stunning fox series, beautiful.

  • Thank you, much appreciated

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  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago

    How incredibly sweet!!!!

  • Thank you Lorilee :-)

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  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...about 3 years ago

    adorable,,,,so sweet!! great picture

  • Thank you :-)

    – Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansabout 3 years ago

    So adorable.

  • Thank you Lyn

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