Monday, May 27, 2013
My sharp eyed wife spotted this fox this past weekend as he was actually walking out of the woods and into our yard. I had to use my biggest telephoto lens zoomed all the way out to actually determine it was a fox. I took a few blurry pictures from the house through the window but decided that in order to get a better picture, I need to try and sneak outside and get closer.
I went out the front side of the house and walked to the little valley that separates our two little knobs on our property. Our house is on one knob and this fox was on the other. The fox had by then laid down in the grass and all I could see was it's head as it looked at me unconcerned. I kept snapping away and walking down the ridge toward the bottom of the ditch and the fox seemed unconcerned. By the time i had taken the picture above, I had cross half the distance between our house and him. I took a few more pictures and then with him in my viewfinder, crept a few steps closer and that is when he had enough and slipped into the woods but not before I got one more decent picture of him.
Foxes aren't rare for our area but they are rarely seen. I can count the number of times I have seen one in my life on less than ten fingers and I can't think of a time when I have seen one this close. They are skittish animals that generally stay away from populated areas. Since our property is on the edge of the city limits and mostly forested, I'm guessing there are a few foxes in the area. Our neighbor up the street recently caught a bobcat on record and they are rare for our area. I enjoy seeing the wildlife and because I didn't know if this was a lone male or a female with some kits down in the draw, I refrained from following her into the woods to find out.