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Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Fox photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-09-09 6:58
Viewed: 3278
Points: 48
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My third posting of a young Arctic Fox from Iceland. A portrait in profile.

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Population and distribution
The arctic fox, Vulpes lagopus, has a circumpolar range, meaning that it is found throughout the entire Arctic, including the outer edges of Greenland, Russia, Canada, Alaska, and Svalbard, as well as in Subarctic and alpine areas, such as Iceland and mainland alpine Scandinavia. The conservation status of the species is good, except for the Scandinavian mainland population. It is acutely endangered there, despite decades of legal protection from hunting and persecution. The total population estimate in all of Norway, Sweden and Finland is a mere 120 adult individuals.
The arctic fox is the only land mammal native to Iceland. It came to the isolated North Atlantic island at the end of the last ice age, walking over the frozen sea. The Arctic Fox Center in Súđavík contains an exhibition on the arctic fox and conducts studies on the influence of tourism on the population.
The abundance of the arctic fox species tends to fluctuate in a cycle along with the population of lemmings and voles (a 3-to-4-year cycle). The populations are especially vulnerable during the years when the prey population crashes, and uncontrolled trapping has almost eradicated two subpopulations.

The pelts of arctic foxes with a slate blue coloration—an expression of a recessive gene—were especially valuable. They were transported to various previously fox-free Aleutian Islands during the 1920s. The program was successful in terms of increasing the population of blue foxes, but their predation of Aleutian Canadian geese conflicted with the goal of preserving that species.

The arctic fox is losing ground to the larger red fox. This has been attributed to climate change—the camouflage value of its lighter coat decreases with less snow cover. Red foxes dominate where their ranges begin to overlap by killing arctic foxes and their kits. An alternate explanation of the red fox's gains involves the gray wolf: Historically, it has kept red fox numbers down, but as the wolf has been hunted to near extinction in much of its former range, the red fox population has grown larger, and it has taken over the niche of top predator. In areas of northern Europe, there are programs in place that allow hunting of the red fox in the arctic fox's previous range.

As with many other game species, the best sources of historical and large scale population data are hunting bag records and questionnaires. There are several potential sources of error in such data collections. In addition, numbers vary widely between years due to the large population fluctuations. However, the total population of the arctic fox must be in the order of several hundred thousand animals.

The world population is thus not endangered, but two arctic fox subpopulations are. One is on Medny Island (Commander Islands, Russia), which was reduced by some 85–90%, to around 90 animals, as a result of mange caused by an ear tick introduced by dogs in the 1970s. The population is currently under treatment with antiparasitic drugs, but the result is still uncertain.
The other threatened population is the one in Fennoscandia (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Kola Peninsula). This population decreased drastically around the start of the 20th century as a result of extreme fur prices which caused severe hunting also during population lows. The population has remained at a low density for more than 90 years, with additional reductions during the last decade. The total population estimate for 1997 is around 60 adults in Sweden, 11 adults in Finland and 50 in Norway. From Kola, there are indications of a similar situation, suggesting a population of around 20 adults. The Fennoscandian population thus numbers a total of 140 breeding adults. Even after local lemming peaks, the arctic fox population tends to collapse back to levels dangerously close to non-viability.

Source: Wikipedia

Tomorrow I’m going to Brazil: Chapada dos Guimaraes and the Pantanal.
Last year when I was on my way to that area I heard in Sao Paolo that my mother in law had died. So I went home immediately. A new attempt now. Till the end of the month, with a lot of beautiful photos, I hope.

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Ciao Peter, great portrait of lovely fox, fine details, perfect focus, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-09-09 7:58]

Beautiful profile of this bundle of energy which very seriously concentrated on something in front..good details and colors. tfs.

Hallo Peter
Je was daar niet weg te slaan natuurlijk
die kans krijg je maar 1 keer om ze goed op de plaat te zetten

super is deze weer
goed van scherpte en een hele leuke compositie

bedankt weer gr lou

Hello Peter,
Very expressive,great details and well composed.

An adorable portrait of this Arctic fox you captured in Iceland, Peter.
The picture is so realistic I feel as if I'm seeing the cute little fellow with my own eyes.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-09-09 9:47]

Hello Peter.
Another great shot here, a perfect moment in time recorded and kindly shared. Beautiful work, all of these shots. Best regards Siggi

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2013-09-09 9:54]

Hello Peter,
Beautiful picture of this lovely animal. the way it is looking is very nice. the details are amazing.
The inclusion of the flower in the bottom left adds to the beauty.

Hello Mr.Peter,
Nice to see this Arctic Fox from side.Details are very good with good focus on subject.I like BG too.Nice picture.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice day tomorrow,

Hello Peter,
This is very good animal.
Well done.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-09-09 15:27]

Hi Peter,another magnificent pic of this specie,i like your choice to post some pics,it's a rare guest of TN! A spectacular portrait and the usual great quality,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Peter
真是漂亮的狐裡 照的清楚 神情自然
毛的光澤很美麗 也有層次感
構圖漂亮 謝謝分享

great profile, greetings Ori

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-09-10 3:12]

Excellent picture of this beautiful fox! Thank you for sharing it. Saludos.

So innocent and cute.
Very nice picture you captured Peter.
perfect clarity and colour.
the agle of light is also. nice.
best wishes and happy journey.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-09-10 9:33]

Hallo Peter,
Ice island fox is very different ..
Very good shot of this of portrait Arctic Fox. Great sharpness and details.
Best wishes,

Another beautiful pose of this beautiful animal Peter! Another great photo too! Excellent composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-09-10 23:15]

Shalom Peter,

Lovely portrait! I assume this is pup.

Have a great trip to Brazil.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-09-11 11:46]

Hi Peter,
Fantastic portrait with very good sharpness details
and nice natural colours.
Regards Jiri.

Superb portrait Peter, best regards!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-09-13 5:26]

Hello Peter,
Happy to see your young arctic fox again with this interesting and vivid shot. Love the alert expression of this juvenile, he will be a good hunter later:-). Nice natural presentation and fine shot from profile.
Kind regards

Hallo Peter
A very good portrait of this beautiful fox. Very sharp details, great exposure and perfect background. A high quality post. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Peter. Details and sharp perfect MF. Impresive focused eyr of the pleasant one.


Hi Peter,
Fantastic capture of this lovely young Arctic Fox! Everything is excellent about this portrait: composition, DOF, sharpness, details, coloration and BG. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day!

Hello Peter

Excellent profil portrait of this Arctic Fox puppy,
fine POV and framing, beautiful light, great focus,
sharpness, and details of its fur, TFS


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