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Arctic Foxes


Arctic Foxes
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Fox photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-08-21 7:04
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Points: 42
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When we were at a little farm almost in the middle of nowhere, suddenly in the neighbourhood four little foxes came out of the ground and started to play for a very long time . We didnít see the parents.

The arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus), also known as the white fox, polar fox, or snow fox, is a small fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and is common throughout the Arctic tundra biome. It is well adapted to living in cold environments. It has a deep thick fur which is brown in summer and white in winter. It averages in size at about 85.3 cm in body length, with a generally rounded body shape to minimize the escape of body heat.

They prey on any small animals they can find, including lemmings, voles, ringed seal pups, fish, and bird eggs. They will also eat carrion, berries, and seaweed. They form monogamous pairs during the breeding season and usually stay together in family groups of multiple generations in complex underground dens.

Adaptations
The arctic fox lives in some of the most frigid extremes on the planet. Among its adaptations for cold survival are its deep, thick fur, a system of countercurrent heat exchange in the circulation of paws to retain core temperature, and a good supply of body fat. The fox has a low surface area to volume ratio, as evidenced by its generally rounded body shape, short muzzle and legs, and short, thick ears. Since less of its surface area is exposed to the arctic cold, less heat escapes the body. Its furry paws allow it to walk on ice in search of food. The arctic fox has such keen hearing that it can precisely locate the position of prey under the snow. When it finds prey, it pounces and punches through the snow to catch its victim. Its fur changes colour with the seasons: in the winter it is white to blend in with snow, while in the summer it is brown.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Nice shot!young's at play,excellent details and clarity.
regards,
Joy

Cute young foxes at play, Peter.
One of them black while the other is off white. That means they are not necessarily white in colour.
The picture has been taken in such a way that the little ones are unaware of your presence.
Another great documentation from your visit to Iceland.
Regards.
Ram

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-08-21 7:24]

Hello Peter.
Great shot, Perfect playful arctic fox, Great colors . Well capture, composed and great sharpness.Regards Siggi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-08-21 7:49]

Hi Peter.
Funny action picture. Captured moment is very expressive and reflect the state of mood of the both babies. Sharpness of the animal image is great and soft lighting and natural colours impress the imagination. lovely job and TFS.
Alexei.

hallo Peter
mooie scherpe opname van deze leuke kleine vosjes
de kleuren zijn prachtig en super goed licht
gr lou

Hello Peter,
How lucky you are to catch such a beauty, from close distance. Amazing details, perfect WB and exceptional focus. This nice little fellows are amazing.......The details and colors are outstanding.
The foxes are very shy in my country.....
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

Hello Peter,
A decisive moment! great natural shot.
superb clarity and timing.
great and perfect colour,
best wishes,
samiran

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-08-21 10:12]

Hi Peter,
Nice colours, excellent sharpness details and very good moment captured. Very good work.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-08-21 12:47]

Hi Peter,another magic surprise from your iceland trip,abolsutely beautiful! I like the tender scene whit these young foxes playing,magnificent capture whit fine details and perfect colors! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Peter. This is fantastic. Great time for the two pleasant guys in action! Best compliments.

Roberto

Hello Peter,
照的清晰 動作自然可愛 不同顏色的狐可以在一起真是稀奇
這真是希有珍貴的鏡頭
光線很柔合使構圖有著溫馨感
背景也很漂亮
謝謝分享
STONE

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-08-22 0:35]

Hello Peter,
Very, very cute these two small foxes playing on a meadow during the absence of their parents. A very vivid and natural shot taken on your trip. I'm sure you had a lot of fun looking at them.
Kind regards
Anne

wonderful moment scene, fine shot Peter!
regards Nasos

nice cute ones, TFS Ori

Hello Peter

WOW ! the dark one's eye and glance is beautiful,
great photo with very fine POV and framing,
beautiful soft light, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS

Asbed

Hi Peter,
what can I say? Just excellent photo of nature. Maybe brutal, but beautiful. Congratulations!!!
Best regards,
Maciek

Amazing scene and beautiful photo Peter! Very good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.
Regards,
Christodoulos

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-08-23 2:20]

Hi Peter,
lovely capture of these cute cubs ,
excellent lighting, outstanding details,
great timing for this interesting scene !
Thanks !
Best regards !

Hello Mr.Peter,
What a nice moment you have captured.I haven't seen black Fox in real life.Grey/off white Fox is common in our area in Winter.
Nice colour and sharpness.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,
Srikumar

nice shot with excellent details and bright colours

Hallo Peter
I am pleasured seeing from your Icelandic trip. It must be great.
In our trip in June, only once Arctic fox appeared and my two friends saw it, when I was busy shots of Puffins in "mid-night":) You were lucky. what a great scene. Congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beauty.
Best wishes
Ahmet

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