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Homeward bound by Alan Mattison

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Taken just outside her den yesterday (30.5.2010) this vixen had just returned home from hunting,wet from the grass, and ready to go “down under” If you look at her eyes, she is looking in my direction, but not at me! she senses something without knowing what it is- foxes are superb at this! they just “feel” when something isn’t right!!
Before she returned, while I was waiting, I had my ear right up to the entrance and could very easily hear (and smell!) her cubs crying out for their mother.
.In my judgement, comparing the sound to dog pups, they were certainly less than 14 days old.This means that it is a very late litter, infact I was waiting to get a shot of the cubs running about outside the den when I discovered that it was far too early to see them .
The shot was taken at the foot of my garden in Nimtofte,Denmark, where the trees meet an open field, the den is dug out quite in the open with three different entrances, making a quick escape always possible.
The other day I heard a loud scream from the same field as the den, knowing it was a fox, I instantly ran inside, grabbed the camera and silently approached the area of the den.
There was a large male fox,running off screaming his head off all the way! he had apparently had his nose into the den, trying to get a quick meal! Animal or human, we all know a mothers strength and courage with an endangered new born is uncompareable!!
Taken with anikon D700 and a 300mm lens with a 17mm tc

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  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture…………..she’s a beauty!! ;-))

  • thank you Stephanie!!

    – Alan Mattison

  • Christina Backus
    Christina Backusover 4 years ago

    Great shot Alan. I do love these ones of yours!

  • thank you Christina! thank you so very much for your praise!!

    – Alan Mattison

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 4 years ago

    fantastic capture

  • great! Angel!!

    – Alan Mattison

  • Pat Moore
    Pat Mooreover 4 years ago

    Magnificent capture!!!!!!!!

  • thank you very much Pat!!!

    – Alan Mattison

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture…great detail. I loved reading about your hearing the cubs and the male fox’s screaming at being run off by this attentive mother. Gives you a certain respect for the female fox especially. She sure is a beauty!

  • MichelPhoto53
    MichelPhoto53over 4 years ago

    Bravo ! Splendid shot…

  • thank a lot Michel!!

    – Alan Mattison

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!!! Your WONDERFUL image is being FEATURED in the group,
    “Your Country’s Best!”

  • Kensoi
    Kensoiover 4 years ago

    Those Eyes. Great Capture & Information

  • thank you very much ken!!

    – Alan Mattison

  • pshootermike
    pshootermikeover 4 years ago

    what a superb shot…..and great information as well…..just puts it altogether.

  • thanks Mike, this is an everyday kind of shot for me, and I am so happy being able to share my experiences with others living a different kind of life !

    – Alan Mattison

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 4 years ago

    5th June 2010

    Don’t forget to enter the best of “V” challenge Here

    Great image, well done.


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