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A new fox


A new fox
Photo Information
Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Fujifilm 1,5 X Tele Conversions Lens
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-04 12:18
Viewed: 4659
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Fox - Vulpes vulpes

Characteristics
The red fox has orangish-red fur on its back, sides and head. It has white fur under its neck and on its chest. It has a long bushy tail tipped in white, pointed black ears and black legs and feet.

Range
The red fox can be found in most of the United States and Canada, except for the far north in Canada and Alaska and much of the western U.S. and Hawaii. The red fox can also be found in Europe and Asia and it has been introduced to Australia.

Habitat
The red fox makes its home in wooded areas, prairies and farmland.

Diet
The red fox eats a wide variety of foods. It is an omnivore and its diet includes fruits, berries and grasses. It also eats birds and small mammals like squirrels, rabbits and mice. A large part of the red fox's diet is made up invertebrates like crickets, caterpillars, grasshoppers, beetles and crayfish. The red fox will continue to hunt even when it is full. It stores extra food under leaves, snow or dirt.

Life Cycle
The red fox mates from January through March. The female will make one or more dens right after mating. The extra dens are used if the original den is disturbed. A little less than two months after mating, the female gives birth to a litter of between one and ten kits. The male brings the female food while she is caring for the kits. The kits start playing outside the den when they are about a month old. The mother begins feeding her kits regurgitated food, but eventually she will bring them live prey to "play" with and eat. Playing with live prey helps the young kits develop the skills they will need for hunting. The kits leave their mother when they are about seven months old.

Behavior
The red fox is mostly nocturnal, although it will sometimes venture out in the day. The red fox, unlike other mammals, hears low-frequency sounds very well. It can hear small animals digging underground and will frequently dig in the dirt or snow to catch prey. The fox stalks its prey, much like a cat. It gets as close as it can and then pounces and chases its prey.



Infos from: http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/redfox.htm

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-04 13:26]

great capture Heinz. i like the eye contact. i hope that this was shoot in the wild.

great capture, TFS Ori

Hello Heinz,
An amazing capture of this fox in the wild.
He looks pretty big compared to the foxes I've seen from England.
I see you couldn't resist the temptation to throw a snowball his way...or has he been digging ? ;)
Excellent shot and note.
Cheers
Steve

My what a fine winter coat and tail this fellow has. He's ready for whatever comes his way this winter. Was this taken in the wild? However did you get so close? The sharpness and exposure are excellent. Nice work.

TFS
Evelynn ; )

Hello Heinz!
It feels good to see your pictures again after your rather long absence. I am also thrilled to see you back.
This red fox looks cute with snow smeared on its face. The subject is highlighted by the contrasting snow.
Your camera settings intrigue me, but the picture that you have captured with them is excellent.
Thanks and keep posting!
Ram

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2008-12-04 22:39]

Hi Heinz
Great capture.
TFS
Razvan Zinica

Great red colours on this fox - he certainly looks in good health. I like the snow over his eye too - looks a bit like acuddly toy really. A pity you didn't put anything about how and where you took the picture in your note - it would have been nice to know more.
Matt

bonjour heinz
ho quelle fourrure!!!
ce serait vraiment un plaisir pour moi de trouver un tel sujet.
magnifique photo avec un super contraste.
bravo et merci du partage.
laurent

Hello Heinz

A very good capture of this Red Fox in it's winter coat.
The details are very good.
I really like the snow on it's face,it looks like it has been digging in the snow.
Excellent POV.
TFS

Wolf

Hi Hans,
it's really nice to see you again.
The picture is very nice, the fox is lovely with natural colours in the winter coat. I like the snow in it's face.
Well composed with fine details,
Well done, my friend.
Have a nice weekend.
/Gert

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  • Goca Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 8] (90)
  • [2008-12-06 4:31]

Hello Heinz,

An beautiful capture of a beautiful animal, i like contrast between its coat and the snow....seems like really healty fox.
Well done!

All the best,
Gordana

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-06 13:59]

Hi Heinz!
Long time no see! :-)
Very good shot of this Red Fox.
Excellent sharpness and great detail in the fur.
Perfectly exposed.

Very well done,
Joe

das ist ja ein ser wuscheliger fuchs! :-) das lange fell ist echt einmalig, und der blick - klasse! - er hat dich auch ins
visier genommen. hoffe, dir geht es gut & bis bald mal wieder, thor.

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