GARDEN 68 – FOX
March 12, 2016 10 Comments
Not a great shot – just about sharp enough and taken through our kitchen window in difficult cross-lighting – he was sitting down having a good scratch and, catching a glimpse of me, abruptly looked up before returning to his toilet. Here is another creature whose visits we value highly, and who is no doubt at least partly responsible for hoovering up the food scraps that we leave out on our back lawn overnight.
Bristol is well known for its urban foxes, but they have been decimated by outbreaks of mange, a skin disease caused by parasitic mites, over the years. Another individual that came through our garden last month seemed to be affected by mange, but this one looks healthier.
Years ago, it could be 15 or 20 years back, I used to feed dog biscuits to a female (vixen) and we got to know each other a little. On seeing her in the garden, I’d tap on the window and she’d sit down on the grass and wait for me to appear with the goodies. I’d then put the biscuits down beside the path, retreat 10 feet or so and sit down, and she’d come and eat them – and I’d talk to her about anything that came to mind. Later she re-appeared with cubs, which were delightful.
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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 1600 ISO.