I was pretty stoked early this spring when my friend Karl called me to inform me of the discovery of a Fox den. Actually, he didn't really call me - he sent me some great pictures he took to make me feel bad! Anyway, I realized this was a unique opportunity and this started a couple weeks of me waking up at 5am to drive to the den and be in position to shoot by 6:30. The den was on land that was off limits to humans and was maybe 30-40 yards away from the road, so big lenses were the order of the day. I used the 600mm VR with different teleconverters(1.4x, 1.7x and 2x) at various times.
I was able to observe the family playing, the mother grooming the kits and even some feeding behavior when one of the parents dug up some previously stashed goodies for breakfast. On the third day, one of the kits wandered close to us for a drink of water and I was able to get some decent shots.
You're probably wondering about the inconsistent colors between some of these pictures right? The day was a pretty strange one - it started off with heavy fog (which you can see in the first picture), then patches of sunshine, back to fog and finally heavy cloud. Rather than process the pictures to make them look the same, I wanted to let everyone see the natural lighting conditions.
Stay tuned for more updates on the foxes.