Fox on the Hunt

One of the young foxes was hunting a vole just when I happened to be looking out of the
French windows with my camera nearby. The glass, though clean, has softened the images somewhat, but we get an idea of the energy and excitement of the hunt. Clicking on any of the images takes you to the full gallery of foxes and other animals.

Here he’s spotted his prey:

A young red fox with black legs is running fast, with only one foot on the ground as it runs. It almost looks as if it might fall on its face in its haste to get going. It is running across a green, grassy area.
On the hunt
A young red fox with black legs and ear tips is leaping, all four feet off the ground, parallel to the ground, with its tail curved out and down. Its head is looking down at the dried rough ground underneath. There is green grass and weeds around and the bottom of a tree trunk.
About to pounce. Bad news for the vole.
A young red fox, with a pale underside and black paws is leaping in the air, almost vertically. Its head is cocked down towards the ground, as if it's looking at something among the dried grasses and green weeds. There is a tree trunk on the right of the frame.
Levitation

*For those who are concerned, foxes don’t play with their prey when it’s live, like cats. So the vole is already dead when we see the play.

A young red fox with black legs, muzzle and ear tips is standing with tail raised and arched. It has just flung a little dead mole it has killed into the air and it is watching the little creature fall. There is a tree trunk behind it and the bottom of another in the background.
Don’t play with your food

Fox News

We’ve had a busy spring and early summer and I want to share some photos of the family of foxes we have living with us on our property. The litter must have been born in the bushes or woods close to our house, and in the past few weeks we have been watching the young ones enjoying life, playing and tumbling around like all young animals do, in the grass and among the trees and bushes. They are beautiful and so fun to watch.

A young fox is in a grassy area with trees around behind and to the left. It is standing sideways with its body facing to the right, head turned, looking at the viewer.
Fox watching me watching him

Three of the fox cubs looking at me (well mostly).

Three young foxes are in a grassy area with trees around behind. One is sitting upright looking at the viewer, another is lying down looking at us with head slightly raised from the grass. The left most fox is half sitting, looking off to the left of the frame.
Three young foxes

And more foxes. What do you do when they keep playing in your garden? You have to take pictures! These were all taken in very low light, in the late evening, and at quite a distance, so it’s amazing that they came out at all!

Two young foxes are in a grassy area with trees and bushes around behind and to the left. the left one is sitting half upright looking at the viewer, the other is running towards the left of the frame with all four feet off the ground, and tail outstretched.
Flying fox and sibling

Have a great summer, friends!

Two young foxes are in a grassy area with trees around behind and to the left. One is sitting upright looking at the viewer, the other is lying down looking back at us over its shoulder.
Siblings