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Mum and Son

Mum and Son
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-06-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Fox photos, Family Matters 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-10 10:20
Viewed: 3815
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the vixen at the BWC with one of her cubs. As you can see, he has just had a fierce clean up by mum hence the turned back ear. This cub is the only one brave enough to come into the open and his mum is very affectionate with him.

Information on finding fox cubs from the RSPCA:
The peak period for fox cubs is during April and May when the new litters start to explore the world. Each year during this time the RSPCA faces the difficult task of rearing more than 100 cubs - the average stay is two to three months.

It is not uncommon to see month-old cubs playing and developing survival skills above ground in the daylight. Parents or close relatives are usually nearby. Vixens may also move their litter if they feel the earth has been disturbed. This will involve carrying the litter one by one to a safer place. Occasionally you may find a litter at a halfway point waiting for their mother to come back and pick them up.

If you see a lone fox cub, here are some tips to help you decide how best to help it:

If its eyes are open, the cub is probably fine. Usually the parents will be nearby to care for it, but even if it has lost a parent, other members of the family group will probably be looking after it. Check the spot after 24 hours.

If you find a fox cub on a road or somewhere very exposed or dangerous, and it is uninjured, you could move it to a sheltered or safe spot nearby. Try to handle the cub as little as possible. Check the spot after 24 hours and you will probably find it has been taken to safety by its parents.

If, after 24 hours, the cub is still in the same safe spot, it is still often better to leave it alone in the wild. You could help by leaving some tinned dog food and water nearby.

If the animal is obviously sick, injured or distressed take it to the nearest veterinary surgery, keeping handling to a minimum, or contact the RSPCA for advice via our 24-hour Cruelty and Advice line on 0300 1234 999.

If you feel you must take the animal from the area yourself, keep handling to an absolute minimum and make a note of the exact location where you found the cub. Foxes who become used to humans do not survive well in the wild.

IMPORTANT: There is evidence to show that apparently orphaned but uninjured fox cubs left in the wild and given supplementary food are likely to survive longer than cubs reared in captivity and carefully released.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-10 10:28]

Hi Karan , great B&W , super detail and eye contact , has a very good atmosphere about it , thanks for sharing.

Hi Karan

Really good shot, and I love the way the mother's head stands out against the dark background. A black and white shot of a creature with such gorgeous colour might not be the obvious choice, but in this case it really works. Lovely clarity and detail. Thanks also for the useful information on leaving the cubs be where possible. Same advice applies to fledglings, particularly owl chicks. They might look helpless but they are best left where they are if you find one.


Hello Karan,
This is a lovely shot with good contrasts and composition. You get the eye contact from the both, very nice! The B&W is a good idea: no distraction from the vegetation. TFS,

Awww... that's a heavily licked cub! Interesting choice of black and white to show this one...

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-06-10 10:49]

Hi Karan

Great shot of the Vixen and her youngster, its a lovely pose with superb eye contact and she does look like she has licked the cub to death!.
Excellent details and the B&W works really well.



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-10 11:28]

Hi Karan,

A stunning photo of this Mother and Baby Fox. The black and white is exceptionally effective. Wonderful pose - looks like a studio shot. The faces of both are superb - she looking very protective of the impish looking little one. Marvelous eyes and beautiful coats. I love it!!!


Hi Karan splendidand lovely capture of these cute mum and son my friend. Great composition. TFS.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-10 12:47]

Hi Karan

Outstanding pose with wonderful detail. Nice to see a B&W posting too. Well seen and capyured.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-10 13:09]

hi Karan
superbe réalisation en n&b, le choix est osé mais judicieux. Le moment est intense, la réalisation agréable.


Magnific shot! The B&W is very well.
I like it very much.



Hi Karan
This is really cool family shot.
Well done and TFS

Hi Karan,

Very good family picture of these foxes. Good pose, POV and composition, sharp details and natural shades.



Hola Karan, bastante ocupado ahora con el trabajo , aunque procuro publicat fotos a menudo pero me pierdo algunas de las vuestras...
Gran expresividad y belleza en tu toma con buena luz y colores bien tratados.
Hasta pronto: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

Absolutely! A perfect time and choice for a dynamic B&W...Perhaps you have inspired me with this one...I do love my B&W...and I am going belly up financially..so I might have to sell my Leica in order to stay above water. That is my bread and butter camera...ah well..I shall go out and try a few more as good as this if I can...and perhaps I shall change my mind!
do come and see my new
Anti-War video:


Hello Karan,
WOW! great capture, superb sharpness and depth of field, great pose and fantastic eye contact.

hello Karan

WOW ! what a beautiful image of this Mommy and her baby fox,
OUF ! not only beautil but in the same time in black & white,
and presenting your image in B&W it render the image more beautiful,

fine POV and DOF, wonderful luminosity on the subjects
and the foreground, with bakcground's shadow it gives
a great contrast to the image, excellent sharpness and details
and a great eye-contact (or glance) of both Mommy and baby with (to) you,

TFS alot


Hello My friend,
I loved this B/W format in capturing the best love of nature, mother and son!
how affectionnate they are indeed!
good head on pose of them with good sharpness and wonderful details on them!

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-06-10 21:58]

Hi Karan
Wonderful capture and great eye contact with mum giving you the evil eye and the young one a curious look
Well taken and composed
tfs jon

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-06-10 23:20]

fantastic shot with you close up canon.
good composition, it's in black and white very good, well captured, very good photojob here, i like it Karan, have a nice day.
gr. jaap

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-11 1:50]

Hola Karan.
brillante captura y momento especial,
precioso b/w. y mirada hermosa.

Hello Karan,
Great capture of these cute mum and son wolf! TFS. Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-11 5:35]

Hello Karan,
Don't have much time, very beautiful photo.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-11 7:05]

Hi Karan,
Beautiful scane,well caught,framed and composed.Composition is perfect.Excellent B&W work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-11 11:25]

Hi Karan,
Outstanding B/W shot of this mother and cub with fantastic eye contact. Very impressive sharpness, clarity and details and perfect lighting. I like your low POV to get maximum effect and the composition is vintage - classical. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-12 3:56]

Awww now that is cute!! :-D
I love the expressions on their faces :-)
Very good contrast which is perfect for B+W.
Extremely sharp and really detailed.
Great composition too.

Well done, Karan!


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-12 6:21]

Hello Karan. It happens often while looking at one of your picture that I feel your feminity in it. I love your way of looking and describing what you see, what you feel and how it shows in your pictures. You seem to be observing so much and catch, with a lot of care and love, the subtle moment, an eye to eye contact... like this picture. Thank you, great great work


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Hi Karan, lovely B&W portrait of cute family, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

I rarely see a B/W shot, Karan, they used to be around when we used those non-digital cameras(I forget what they're called), nd this shot comes in like a breath of fresh air...
A brilliant capture.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-13 12:43]

What a wonderful picture, Karan!! The black and white gives an interesting look to it. I like a lot the eye of both, mum and son.
A marvellous capture and very interesting note. Good to know that the cub survives better by its own if I find one some day.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • clint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
  • [2008-06-13 14:36]

Glad to see you got the shot Karan and nicely done in B&W, it was good to see you at the BWC the other week.
I managed to pull a few shots but was really struggling with the harsh lighting.
will have to return on a cloudy day.
all the best, Clint

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-14 7:18]

Hola Karan.
Una foto de blanco y negro de alta calidad. Me agrada la pose de la familia de Zorros, su mirada es bella y exelente el gusto del fotografo para escojer este par de colores.

Saludos Karan.

Hi Karan,
A wonderful portrait of mom and cub in the open field. I like the difference in the expression of both. Mom in the garding mode, and the kid in the don't care mode. The conversion to B&W is perfect and brings out so much more details.

Hi karen,
Love the b/w image of Honey and her cub.Definately has the aww factor.Nice to meet you at BWC back in May.
Regards Jackie

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-24 20:33]

Hello Karan

This is a special shot.
Wonderful contrast and lighting.
The focus is sharp with lovely detail.
Awesome eye contact.
The turned up ear is great.

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