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Arctic Fox 2

Arctic Fox 2
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Copyright: Michel Detay (M_Detay) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 160] (832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D2X, Nikkor 500mm f4 VR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-23 10:55
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Points: 18
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Arctic Fox cubs in Hornstrandir (North of Iceland)

The Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus), also known as the White Fox or Snow Fox, is a fox. It is a small fox native to cold Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and is common in throughout the Arctic tundra biome. Although it is often assigned to its own genus Alopex, the definitive mammal taxonomy list places it in Vulpes with the majority of the other foxes.

In Iceland the Arctic Fox are Alopex lagopus fuliginosus.

The Arctic fox occurs in two distinct colour morphs, "blue" and "white". Each colour phase also changes seasonally: "blue" moults from chocolate brown in summer to lighter brown tinged with a blue sheen in winter, and "white" is almost pure white in winter, and in summer grey to brownish-grey dorsally, and light grey to white below. Colour morphs are determined genetically at a single locus, white being recessive. The "blue" morph comprises less than 1% of the population through most of its continental range, but this proportion increases westwards in Alaska, and on islands. In Greenland, roughly half of Arctic foxes are of the blue morph, and in Iceland most of them are blue.

Picture taken using a 500mm Nikon f4 VR.

I had the chance to find a fox familly of 5 cubs. I was there for a week to hope to get some pictures of them.

You can see more picture on the Icelandic artic fox center at the icelandic arctic fox center

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-23 11:03]

Hi Michel. What a cute looking pair. You have captured such a fine pose with them peping at you. Good detail and natural colours.well done TFS.

great pic, very sharp and they are so cute! TFS Ori

Hi Michel
This is an adorable portrait of these two young fox. I love the way they are both peeking out from behind the grass. Excellent DOF,colour, lighting and composition. Well done.
TFS Janice

Buena captura y supongo que dificil..

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-09-23 13:15]

Hi Michel
Very lovely photo.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Michel

Very cute!
These guys are captivating.
The details are very good and you managed very good eye contact.


they are looking at you ine a verry funny way! they are very cute...beautiful dark color.
i like you pov, a very "natural" picture.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-02-13 20:58]

Exceptional image Michel,
Love the expressions on their faces!! The composition is great and the sharpness and detail is top notch!! Well done!!

Hola, Michel:
Lo grandioso de la foto radica en la nitidez de la imagen y el momento oportuno en el que se capta la atención de las crías.

i thank u so much , i very like this picture, lovely and happy :)

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