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The Red Fox

The Red Fox
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/6.5, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Fox photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-30 10:19
Viewed: 3738
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello everyone,

this was taken on a very hot day at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey, where i paid a visit on Monday. I'm not a great fan of zoo's as a whole, but this place is conservation based with a good breeding programme and is also a great place to view the UK's main land mammals in one hit. This particular characters name is Frodo.

I have two weeks off work at the moment, the weather is fantastic and i'm enjoying some free time to go exploring with the camera...i will drop in again soon.

From the BBC's Wildfacts site:

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes):

Red foxes have become the most widespread dogs in the wild, having overtaken grey wolves to the top spot. They are often included in folklore, with a reputation for being sly and cunning.


Around 40 subspecies.

Life span:

In the wild, red foxes seldom live for more than seven years, but in captivity they live for up to 15 years.


Head and body length: 50-90cm, Tail length: 30-50cm, Standing height: 35-45cm, Weight: 6-10kg.

Physical description:

As the name suggests, red foxes have red/brown fur. This can vary in coloration and can give rise to black, silver or cross morphs. The long, bushy tail (brush) is often tipped with white fur, and the backs of the ears are black, as are part of the legs.

They have slender muzzles, with white fur on the top lip, and some individuals have black tear marks. The chest is often white.


Red foxes are widespread across Europe (but absent from Iceland), Canada, USA, and in Asia from Japan to Indochina. They were introduced to Australia.


They are typically found in woodland and open country, but their presence in urban areas is increasing.


Red foxes are opportunist feeders and eat insects, earthworms, fruit, berries, wild birds, small mammals and scraps left by humans.


Red foxes are primarily active at dusk and night. They are solitary, but they very occasionally group together in a pack.

Foxes forage alone in different parts of their territory, which may extend from 25 to 5,000 acres (10-2,000 hectares), depending on the habitat. Territories are marked by faeces and urine.


Vixens come into heat once a year for one to six days. They give birth to four to seven cubs in a den (also called an earth), after a gestation period of 51-53 days. The cubs are weaned after seven to nine weeks, and become sexually mature after a year.

The number of cubs and the time of year in which the vixen gives birth depends on food availability.

Conservation status:

They are not considered to be endangered, and are the most widespread and abundant wild carnivore in the world.

Red foxes are the animal symbol of Hokkaido.

Thanks for looking...

Silke, Royaldevon, eqshannon, Evelynn, vanderschelden, uleko, nglen, jaycee, CeltickRanger, Alex99, haraprasan, Janice, Dyker, ddg has marked this note useful
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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-07-30 11:13]

Wow! I just love the rich colours here!
Superb crisp details and the gentle catchlight in his eyes is superb.
I love it

Hello Paul,

Great to have you posting again.
This really is a lovely animal and you have captured all the tonal details of his coat, as well as the details of his features very well.
Good off-centre composition for this very alert fox.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Your tonal finesse is showing:-) You play the camera like a fine tuned instrument Paul. It looks as if I were standing right there next to the fox. It is your eye and the real great way Canon handles these situations...I suspect the extra for APO lens is an addition...Nicely posed...nice contrasting colours...great contrasts!

Hi Paul,

Frodo looks very healthy and well cared for. I also am not a zoo fan but if they are well managed and give the animals room to explore I suppose they are ok. They can sensitize people to want to help wildlife as a whole I think.

Your image is wonderfully sharp and well exposed. The colors are rich and I like the more natural pose... not staring at the photographer.

Evelynn : )

Hello Paul,
Categories: waterplants?;-).
Beautiful image! I do like the natural light. I guess this is either morning or evening light.
The posture/moment is well chosen. The Red fox is definitely focused.
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-30 12:09]

Hello Paul,
Beautiful capture of this Fox in a lovely pose. I love the light and the colours and details are very sharp too. My best memories of Foxes are from Dorset where we had a Fox's den very close to our house and could watch the mother and her five young through our window!
I hope the weather stays nice for you! We've got lovely weather too but the rain is coming in this weekend!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-07-30 12:42]

Hello Paul,
What a beautiful photo. The red fox on rich green grass.
Regards, Pawel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-30 13:48]

Hi paul. fantastic picture of the Fox With such a fine pose fron theanimal . i love the way its looking up. That stare in the eyes. Good detail and rich colours. well done Interesting notes. TFS Have a good time off work. See you soon

Great photo, Paul!
I love the saturated colours.
Excellent sharpness with that huuuge lens of yours :-)


p.s did you get my latest email?

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-30 16:20]

Hi Paul,

I developed a deep dislike of zoos after seeing animals free in Africa. This might be a place I would like. Frodo is a beauty and you captured him in all his glory. The colors and details of his face and coat are magnificent. I love those eyes!!!! The setting and composition are beautiful.


hello Paul

WOW ! what a superb shot, great luminosity,
very fine POV, DOF and framing, excellent sharpness & details,
and i love that expression on his glance, TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-30 22:35]

Hi Paul.
First of all I am impressed with great scene at whole and fantastic rich colours. Pictured scene is very touching, pose of the fox and its glance are amazing. I like perfect timing and composition of the image. Details of the fine grass and all features of the sox are ultimate. Brownish BG is superb too. Well done and best regards.

Hi Paul,
A nice capture of this beautiful red fox. Very well composed with sharp details. Hope you will enjoy your holiday. Happy clicks. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-07-31 1:13]

Hello Frodo
Good shot of the fox Paul. I do like his expression and the colours and details are great

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  • Dyker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 0 N: 57] (170)
  • [2008-07-31 2:43]

Hello Paul
Frodo seems to be very occupied with something up in the air. Maybe a bird in a tree that could perhaps become lunch? It is a good zoo photo as you do not show any of the normal zoo stuff we sometimes see on zoo photos and the fox's pose is lovely with that fixed stare and body that looks like it is ready to swing into action. The colours are strong and the composition is good. Thanks for showing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-31 5:17]

Hello Paul, Superb sharp details and good catch. Eye focus is amazing. Well done Ganesh

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-07-31 5:38]

Bonjour Paul, c'est une réussite. Tout est le regard de ce magnifique mammifère. Great lighting too. Colors are gorgeous.Best regards, Didier.

Hi Paul,
This Frodo is a star here on TN :)! This is an excellent portrait with beautiful colors, composition and details! I had the chance to see a wild fox recently during my vacations in Mont-Tremblant National Park but couldn't manage to take a picture as he disappeared in a wink of an eye. You are lucky to have nice weather. Our short summer here is execrable with rain, cloudy sky, thunderstorms, etc... Greetings,

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