Homeward bound

Alan Mattison

Nimtofte, Denmark

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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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