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Red Fox

Red Fox
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 400, Canon EF 2x Extender II
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Fox photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-17 1:57
Viewed: 4133
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Red Fox captured from my backyard. Somehow the snow has brought these noctural creatures out in the middle of the day.

The picture was taken hand held (IS on) through window.

From BBC - Science & Nature:

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Red foxes have become the most widespread dogs in the wild, having overtaken grey wolves to the top spot. They are often included in folklore, with a reputation for being sly and cunning.

Around 40 subspecies.

Life span
In the wild, red foxes seldom live for more than seven years, but in captivity they live for up to 15 years.

Head and body length: 50-90cm, Tail length: 30-50cm, Standing height: 35-45cm, Weight: 6-10kg.

Physical description
As the name suggests, red foxes have red/brown fur. This can vary in coloration and can give rise to black, silver or cross morphs. The long, bushy tail (brush) is often tipped with white fur, and the backs of the ears are black, as are part of the legs.

They have slender muzzles, with white fur on the top lip, and some individuals have black tear marks. The chest is often white.

Red foxes are widespread across Europe (but absent from Iceland), Canada, USA, and in Asia from Japan to Indochina. They were introduced to Australia.

They are typically found in woodland and open country, but their presence in urban areas is increasing.

Red foxes are opportunist feeders and eat insects, earthworms, fruit, berries, wild birds, small mammals and scraps left by humans.

Red foxes are primarily active at dusk and night. They are solitary, but they very occasionally group together in a pack.

Foxes forage alone in different parts of their territory, which may extend from 25 to 5,000 acres (10-2,000 hectares), depending on the habitat. Territories are marked by faeces and urine.

Vixens come into heat once a year for one to six days. They give birth to four to seven cubs in a den (also called an earth), after a gestation period of 51-53 days. The cubs are weaned after seven to nine weeks, and become sexually mature after a year.

The number of cubs and the time of year in which the vixen gives birth depends on food availability.

Conservation status
They are not considered to be endangered, and are the most widespread and abundant wild carnivore in the world.

Red foxes are the animal symbol of Hokkaido.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-17 2:02]

Hello Pekka,
Nice one of your backyard Red Fox. I like the pose and POV in this nice composition on the snowy slope.
TFS and have a fine weekend,

Ciao Pekka, lovely capture of red fox in good action, wonderful light and colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-17 11:18]

Hi Pekka. You will often find Foxes stay under ground if its very cold at night and will come out for food in the day time. You are lucky to have them so close to your house. This is a good picture through the window. Good colours in the coat. It looks in good health. well done TFS.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-17 12:19]

Hi Pekka,
Very nice capture.POV,3D effect,expression on face and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-17 12:49]

Hallo Pekka,
Your fox ate and my rabbit will already outlive.
Great work you have done here. Really good composition, good depth of colour and nice to view.Best regards Siggi

hello Pekka

when first i viewed your photo, i remembered this Red Fox
because on the last weeks you posted one of his images,
excellent photography with giving a look to this photo
the Fox in movement, his severe glance to you
in French we say photo prise sur le vif ,

fine POV and framing, i love the detailed background,
excellent sharpness and details and lovely colour tones, TFS


Hi Pekka, an impressive and perfectly composed capture of this lovely red fox. i loved its facial expression. You captured it timely very well. TFS and have a nice Sunday!


Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this beautiful Red fox in moving action. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-18 4:33]

Hello Pekka,
How nice to have a Fox in your garden, but that's England, here in the south they're seldom seen. I expect it's hungry in the cold but being a 'towny' I bet someone will leave some food out for it! I like your POV and the look on its face!
TFS and cheers,Ulla

Excellent POV, I like the comp also.
Very good color, nice bit of motion blur showing movement at the feet.
Well done!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-18 8:26]

Hello Pekka, This is a good shot and to me it appears that the fox is in double mind? Nice sorrounding. Ganesh

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