I decided to take a day off from work and hit my fox location – I figured it would be less busy on a weekday, and the foxes might be more relaxed. Pock was out early, and he was all over the place, trotting here and there in search of breakfast. He’d trot down one trail, and a few minutes later, trot down another trail from a different direction. He didn’t mind passing close by me, he just would sit still for a photo.
This vixen, the alpha female, on the other hand, was more than willing to pose for me. She perched on top of a little rise, facing east, with some lovely directional morning sun lighting her up – I don’t think I could have had better light if I had her in a studio.
We tried several poses, but settled on this one as our favorite.
Near the end of our portrait sitting, I noticed one of the big coyotes down the trail. he noticed the fox, but I don’t think he saw me until I walked from around the tripod – once he saw me, he took off, and the fox ducked into one of the pipe openings they use as a den.
This is the new mom – at least as far as I can tell. The beta (maybe now the new alpha) was feeding her on Sunday, and her tummy does look distended and a little red. I’ll post more as the situation develops.
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Wheat Ridge, CO
Sigma 300mm f/2.8
Giottos tripod, Acratech ballhead, Wimberley Sidekick
ISO200, 1/400sec, f/5