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Friday, 5 April 2019

Foxy

A storm was due that morning but my husband and I went for a walk before it started. Snow, rain and high winds could keep us in for days. I always take my camera. The usual subjects, squirrels, mallards, woodpeckers, blue jays, sparrows, and chickadees, are often present but there could be something different too. One good photo from every walk is a bonus.


We walked quickly, fearing rain or ice pellets would begin any minute. Peanuts and black sunflower seeds lined our pockets since we planned to feed any of the regulars we saw along the way. They would have to forage for themselves for a few days due to the storm.


The birds were talking in the trees but none were near the traditional feeding place when we headed up the boardwalk. However on the way back, we stopped to see the mallard couple by the bridge. Within minutes the usual birds and squirrels appeared. We enjoyed their company until my husband noticed a fox to the left of the bridge. It stared at us for several minutes, without moving. 





It was a large, multi-coloured, red fox with black ears, legs and tail with a white tip. The back haunches were white as was most of the front. There was a black patch under the face and a hint of black through the long white fur. The face had some of the red blond colour on the cheeks, around the eyes and the upper anterior body. The symmetry was perfect.


I was afraid to move for fear of scaring it but it looked to be waiting for something. Maybe it was accustomed to being fed by humans. We have never fed foxes and we’ve only seen one other fox in this area although we have heard them calling at dusk from their den. This one watched us for a time, then moved off. 





I hope squirrel wasn’t served for lunch.

27 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I always enjoy seeing a fox! They are beautiful creatures.

DJan said...

What a beautiful animal. You captured him/her perfectly. Thank you for the treat for me this morning! :-)

Anvilcloud said...

How wonderful for you. It's a very pretty fox.

Danielle L Zecher said...

The fox is beautiful. Great picture!

I hope the storm passes quickly.

Joanne Noragon said...

Handsome, handsome fellow. Is he still wearing a winter coat?

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Great capture of the fox. He/she is a beauty! Happy Friday, I hope your day and weekend is great!

photowannabe said...

Fantastic capture of that beautiful fox. I'm so glad he posed for you.
I certainly hope that the squirrel wasn't lunch!
what a wonderful place to walk .

bill burke said...

That's the prettiest fox I have ever seen. Beautiful capture, Marie!

Elephant's Child said...

WHAT a beauty.
Megathanks.

William Kendall said...

That is quite a beauty!

Rhodesia said...

It is beautiful much prettier than the foxes here. Have a good weekend, Diane

Sandy said...

What a wonderful photo, though I'm afraid I would be wanting to go the other direction. Many animals frighten me. The fir is all puffy and soft looking. Glad you got your walk in before the storm. Chickadee's are such cute little birds. I love watching them.

Mage said...

What a handsome person.
I certainly appreciate your walks.

Angela said...

That is surely a couple of fantastic photos. What a beautiful animal! Whau!! Yesterday a fox crossed our way really fast, I was glad we didn't hit it. Thanks for sharing this beauty!!

Barbara said...

Beautiful picture. Hard to believe you can't rub their gorgeous coat but no way.

baili said...

this is powerful image of fox dear Marie with so much beauty within

either i hope squirrel was not her lunch

being from village i have seen this pretty but scary creature

during night times they used to invade and grab poor chicken from coop

the screaming of prey is still terrifying

this is wise that you decided to enjoy walk before it snow

such beautiful place is irresistibly inviting :)


PerthDailyPhoto said...

What a treat Marie, for yourselves and for us. Monsuier le Fox is gorgeous, really unusual colouring ✨

Debbie said...

WoW!!! what a beauty, in it's black boots!!!

Jenn said...

HOw cool to be able to observe him like that, a beautiful creature!

jenny_o said...

What a great shot you got, Marie! It's a real treat to see something more rare when out for a walk, isn't it?

Lowcarb team member said...

WOW! What a beauty - great photographs.

All the best Jan

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

What a wonderful surprise to come across that beauty. I think I might have been a bit scared too !

Retired Knitter said...

Good heavens. Not only was this a very fine looking specimen of a fox (really a beauty), but an amazing picture as well. Well done!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

How marvelous to come face to face with such a handsome fella! What a beautiful moment it must have been! No telling what prey he was after, but it is always hard for us to think about that, the cycle of life is hard to see. But a beautiful picture you captured, and it is always a glad feeling to know you captured a moment with your camera! Hoping you didn't get too much snow, wind and rain!

Laurel Wood said...

What a terrific photo. Love the coloring on this fox.

Andrea said...

Interesting colors on the fox! Andrea

Catarina said...

That is a beautiful fox!!! Beautifully captured. : ))