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Greenlandic Arctic Fox


Greenlandic Arctic Fox
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Copyright: Jeff Kerby (jtkerb) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 88] (410)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): West Greenland [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-04 7:34
Viewed: 3328
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus foragorapusis - Greenland subspecies) is a small fox common in the Arctic tundra. They can reach especially high densities when they have access to carrion left by larger predators, such as wolves or polar bears. This shot was taken ~170km inland from the West coast of Greenland, just north of the Arctic Circle where both of those large predators are absent. Despite this, I would estimate (totally unscientifically) that there are 6 foxes in and around the 15 sq. km. area where I camp.

The arctic fox is well known for having fur which changes color with the seasons - from white in the winter to dark brown in the summer. This fox seems caught somewhere in the middle in terms of coloration, however other foxes around this site fill out the spectrum from mud colored to fluffy white.

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Hi Jeff,
I have never seen the arctic fox before, I really like this head on scruffy looking little fellow.Seems to fit well into the envirnment.Great timing with its eyes closed.
erwin...

great shot, of a rarely (on TN) seen animal, maybe a bit more space above it's ears?

cheers
J

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-04 11:49]

Hi Jeff,this is a great scoop and a great pic too.The light was impossible but you work at the best to have a fantastic focus and sharpness.Excellent perspective and composition too...you was lucky to meet a rare beauty on your road! Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano.

amazing capture, TFS Ori

Hi Jeff,
it is nice to see an Arctic Fox not photoed in a zoo and the good colour for the dull light conditions you had at the time.It is very apparent that with the lens you used,you were fairly close to this little fox and with that in mind,I hope you went shutter crazy like I do when the chance occurs.The one thing that I would like to see is this beautiful creature's eyes,still this image has a charm of it's own,nice little sleepy faced fox.The fur is slowly becoming thinner for summertime and will look more uniform and then thicken up and go white yet again for the winter months.I love foxes and this one too,thanks for sharing this sleepy face with us!

Bob

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