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OH OH Am I in Trouble?

OH OH Am I in Trouble?
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Fox photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-14 16:44
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Points: 34
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I captured this Red Fox pup last June at work, when he saw me he froze in his tracks and had the funniest look on his face. Soon after this image he dropped the bird wing and went into his den along with 4 siblings.

Red Fox
Vulpes vulpes

General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

The Red Fox is one of the most widely distributed mammals in the world. They occurs naturally throughout all of Europe, Asia, northern Africa and North America. They were also introduced to Australia and are now widespread there. In North America they range from northern Mexico to some of the high arctic islands -- which they have been colonizing since 1918. In Alberta, they occur throughout the province.

The Red Fox, in its normal pelage, is instantly recognized by most. It resembles a small, slender dog with a long, bushy white-tipped tail. Its face is pointed, as are its ears. The footpads are furred. The long, thick underfur is grey at the base but buffy towards the tip.

In the wild, three distinct colour morphs occur. The most common is the familiar orangy-red form, with white lips, throat and undersides. The back of the ears and the legs and feet are dark. A few black guard hairs may run along the centre-line of the back and these are quite prominent in the tail. Overall, this colour form represents at least 80 per cent of the population.

The second morph is known as the 'cross fox'. Its pelage is an ochraceous or grey-brown. The dense, black guard hairs run in a broad band over the back and down across the shoulders, forming a solid cross. In some areas this form may account for about 20 per cent of the species.

The third morph, the least common, is the 'silver fox'. It is totally black except for the white-tipped tail and a variable frosting caused by the white tips of the guard hairs. It usually accounts for only about two per cent of the population.

In captive breeding, a number of other pelages such as 'platinum' have been created.

Adult male Red Foxes range in body length from 900 to 1117 mm (3 to 4.8 ft), with the tail accounting for 350 to 420 mm (14 to 17 in) of that. They weigh between 3.6 to 6.8 kg (8 to 12 lb). As is the case with most mammals, the females are slightly smaller.

Red Foxes are omnivorous, eating whatever is available. Meat is the main component during the winter, mainly small mammals. Species eaten includes shrews, moles, voles, muskats, squirrels, cottontails and Snowshoe Hares. Birds may account for up to 20 per cent of their diet. This includes grouse, pheasants, quail, ducks and other ground-nesting birds. In summer, invertebrates such as grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, caterpillars and crayfish make up to 25 per cent of their diet while vegetable matter such as acorns, berries, fruits and grasses amount to 16 per cent. In turn, foxes are the victims of Bobcats and Coyotes. When Coyotes numbers are high, Red Foxes numbers are low and vice versa

During the autumn and early winter, Red Foxes are solitary. They tend to be shy and mostly nocturnal, but frequently are seen in the early morning and late afternoon -- rarely at mid-day. They may cover 8 km (5 mi) during there night-time foraging sessions, preferring semi-open country. They are only infrequently found in dense forests.

Breeding occurs between late December and the end of March. Several different males may court a vixen. At that time, in courtship, they may perform a dance. Apparently the 'fox-trot' is modeled after it. After a bond is formed, the pair is monogamous. The gestation period last between 51-53 days, with most young being born between March and May. A litter of one to ten (average five) is normal, but there is a record of sixteen pups in one den. Their birthweight is about 100 g (3.5 oz). Born blind, their eyes open at about ten days, and they make their way to the den mouth when about one month old, at which time they are also weaned. They are then brought animal matter -- mice, rabbits and birds as growth food, and are also moved to another den. After a brief training period, they disperse when about 15 weeks of age. They reach sexually maturity at ten months of age.
from Weaselhead.org

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Hi Rick
Hey I hope that's not an owl wing in his mouth ; )

You're right, he is giving you a funny stare. Such a sweet face. Excellent colour, detail and lighting. A wonderful portrait of this cute little red fox.
TFS Janice

Salut Rick
Beau renard,bien photographié, il vous regarde avec un de ses regard qui est superbe et en même temps il te tire la langue.
Amitiés ...JP

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-02-14 20:06]

High Rick,
What a cutie this young fox is.
His expression is priceless.
It is a fantastic capture of him with a wing in his mouth.
And you caught this at work?
How lucky can you get!
A wonderful shot with sharp details.
TFS. : )

Hello Rick, amazing shot of this pretty red fox while feeding with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-14 21:38]

Hello Rick
Wonderful capture and nice scene
I like colors and details

amazing capture, TFS Ori

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-14 22:44]

Hi Rob

Great pose and action - he is really gangly - wonderful. I also really like the lighting here.

Best wishes


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-14 23:19]

Hi Rick
What a lovely fox!
I like the details and colors.
Wonderful shot!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-02-15 0:22]

Hello Rick,

Wonderful pose of these young fox, very lovely animal but little bit dangerous for the farmer his chickens!
Sharpness and clarity are very well.
Good detailed.

Have a nice day,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-15 1:02]

Hi Rick,
Very beautiful capture of this young fox.
Excellent POV,lighting and details.I liked
eye contact also a lot.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

Depends, if it was a wild bird, no, but if it was somebody's chicken, maybe, yes! He is a little surprised by your camera. Should I stay or should I run? Funny image, taken with very sharp details, perfect colors.
My kind regards,

hello Rick

in French we say « photo prise sur le vif »
and it goes perfectly to your photo,
shot with a fine frontal POV, wonderful luminosity,
excellent focus sharpness and details, and what
a wonderful glance of the suprised fox, TFS


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-02-15 6:18]

Hola amigo,
interesting capture
good pov. attractive habitat
good focus and lighting,
saludos Rick.

Hello Rick,
Great work you have done here. It has good details, excellent eye contact and natural colors.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-02-15 13:21]

Hi Rick
Nice cpature.Excellent low POV I love the eye's contact he does look very surprise.Very sharp image with excellent fur detail.
TFS Michel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-15 15:46]

Hi Rick,

Perfect title - he does look guilty, doesn't he? The expression on his face is priceless. A beautiful Red Fox - his eyes and ears are amazing and his colors are wonderful.


Hi Rick.
Very good capture of this fox and so funny title of yours picture.
Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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