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Another Foxy Photo!!

Another Foxy Photo!!
Photo Information
Copyright: Fabio Cerullo (fcerullo) (19)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 3200
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-01-05 16:28
Viewed: 8397
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another photo taken at Punta Norte, Peninsula Valdes, Chubut, Argentina.

English Name:

-Pampas fox, Argentine gray fox (10 (?) varieties )

other names

-Fr: Renard d'Azara



Lathin Name:

-Dusicyon gymnocercus


-Shape and Size Foxlike. Fur short, dense, yellow-brown, downside lightened.
-Like the Red Fox, but usually somewhat smaller, fur predominantly gray
-Body length: 26 in; 65 cm
-Tail length: 12 in; 30 cm
-Shoulder height: 16 in; 40 cm
-Weight: 7-13 lb; 3-6 kg
-Pampas foxes resemble red foxes, but they are somewhat smaller with more of a grayish coloration.

Geographic Range:

-Southamerica southern of the ─quator.
-habitat extends from southern Argentina and Chile to Uruguay, Paraguay, and southern Brazil and on the west coast of South America as far as northern Peru


-in open or semi-open country, nearly treeless pampas, hilly bush-covered steppes, semi-arid regions, and valleys in the foothills of the cordilleras.


Activity: dusk and at night (In sparsely populated regions some are active all day long)
-form pairs during the breeding season
-The deserted dens of armadillos and visaccias are used as shelters, as are hiding places among the tree roots or in the clefts of rocks.
-Pampas foxes are, however, quite capable of digging their own dens.
-The young are reared by both parents for a certain period;
-clan groups undertake communal hunting.
-Apart from these times, pampas foxes are solitary creatures
-Many pampas foxes follow civilization.
-They enter villages at night, search through refuse heaps, steal poultry, and look for food in orchards and vegetable gardens.
-They even use barns and deserted buildings as places for hiding, resting or sleeping.

-Pampas foxes are not very quick.
-They flee in a zigzag path and skillfully use high grass and bushes as cover.
-They mark their territory with urine throughout the year.
-Their repertory of sounds includes barking, howling, throaty growling, and snorting.
-Varying degrees of tail motions are used to express different moods; a horizontal tail posture signifies dominance.


-Gestation period: 2 months
-Young per birth: 3-6
-Birth time: Oct. or Nov.

Food Habits:

-Small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, plants, fruits

-small mammals, birds, lizards, eggs, frogs, fish, shrimp, insects, and other invertebrates.

-The proportion of vegetable food is high, including almost all field crops.

-Carrion, particularily from sheep and oxen, is also eaten.

others :

-Probably not endangered
-some legal protection, but, each year, many thousands of pelts are illegally shipped from Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina.

-These animals are pursued by humans and their dogs, primarily for the fur. They are kept in zoos in South America without difficulty.

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To pompey: Nice Job!fcerullo 1 01-11 07:36
To ornis: Much simplier than you thought...fcerullo 1 01-07 12:34
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I like this shot very much, not only because of the animal itself, but because it looks like you've taken this shot at dusk, capturing this wild animal in a very good position. Now, I'm perplex about the fox shade on the ground, created by a high placed light source and the overal darkness of your photo (highly filtered sunlight, full moon?). Your info about this breed is very interesting, but some photographic issues would help to understand.

I think that this is a good composition and an excellent subject but agree with Ornis that something is not quite right with the lighting.
You have provided a very comprehensive note.
I have tried a little workshop, hope you don't mind.
Welcome to Trek Nature Fabio.

Fabio, the other have commented on the lighting problem and Pompey has done a good workshop. I suspect the problem is with your camera settings. You need to check if you have accidently over-corrected for the f stop. Each camera has its own perculiar way of doing this and I'm not familiar with yours. However as all 3 of your shots have the same problem, you can be pretty confident thats where the issue is. If you can't work it out for yourself just go to your camera shop and ask them to help you. Alternatively you could try adjusting the brightness and contrast levels with the image software that you have before posting.
Keep posting though, these are interesting animals and your photographic skill is not the issue, it just an f stop problem.

Nice composition, but it's way too dark. I also did a workshop on it and warmed up the color a bit. I tried to sharpen it but found that jpeg artifacts are already showing in some places and sharpening just makes them more obvious. Saving jpeg files (jpg) too many times causes artifacts (lines, rough edges, etc.). The original jpeg (jpg) files should be converted to tif files and then you can resave them as many times as you want without degradation. I suspect that this shot was taken under moonlight, which is problematic. Since I can't see any way to put the results of the workshop I did onto this site I'll just have to pass on placing it here. Thanks for postimg the picture of this beautiful and elusive animal.

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