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Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox
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Copyright: Michel Detay (M_Detay) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 160] (832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D2X, Nikkor 500mm f4 VR
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Fox photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-22 11:09
Viewed: 34033
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus), also known as the White Fox or Snow Fox, is a fox. It is a small fox native to cold Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and is common in throughout the Arctic tundra biome. Although it is often assigned to its own genus Alopex, the definitive mammal taxonomy list places it in Vulpes with the majority of the other foxes.

In Iceland the Arctic Fox are Alopex lagopus fuliginosus.

The Arctic fox occurs in two distinct colour morphs, "blue" and "white". Each colour phase also changes seasonally: "blue" moults from chocolate brown in summer to lighter brown tinged with a blue sheen in winter, and "white" is almost pure white in winter, and in summer grey to brownish-grey dorsally, and light grey to white below. Colour morphs are determined genetically at a single locus, white being recessive. The "blue" morph comprises less than 1% of the population through most of its continental range, but this proportion increases westwards in Alaska, and on islands. In Greenland, roughly half of Arctic foxes are of the blue morph, and in Iceland most of them are blue.

Picture taken using a 500mm Nikon f4 VR.

I had the chance to find a fox familly of 5 cubs. I was there for 5 days to get some pictures of them.

You can see more picture on the Icelandic artic fox center at http://www.arcticfoxcenter.com/


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-22 11:36]

Hi Michel. Firstly what a cute pair you have here the one at the back looks like a girl and the other a boy just by their looks. You have taken a fine close up showing good detail in the fur with natural colours. i likw the odd wild flower in the dry grass. well done TFS.

just amazing, TFS Ori

It has been awhile since you posted here. I'm glad you are back. I just enjoyed a short trip through your gallery. You have some really nicely composed images there. I love the pose of these two little guys. The eye contact is great. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

hello Michel

very beautiful shot of these adorable Arctic Fox puppies,
fine POV & DOF, beautiful luminosity of the image,
excellent sharpness and details of their fur,
i love the their eyes expression on their glance on you, TFS


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-07-23 2:38]

great pair! very cute. tfs

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-24 0:03]

Hi Michel,
A great photo. Thanks for putting a smile on my face :o)

Hi Michel

I have not seen before dark Arctic Foxes, and I would not think many other TrekNature members either.



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