Now that the snow and ice have finally melted, I’ve been continuing my search for Mr. Fox. When the snow fell, I attempted to identify and follow said Mr. Fox footprints, but they led me no where, assuming I had the right tracks.
With the ground uncovered by the snowcover, I noticed an indent in the ivy near the dock. Placing my trail cam, I wanted to get an idea of when Mr. Fox took the path.
Once I captured him in the middle of the night, I hoped that he would show up during the day. Well, the weather has been helping by raining at night, causing Mr. Fox to stay in. Just two days ago I was sitting at my desk working and saw Mr. Fox run right past the front door. I ran out..no camera. He took off the neighbors.
Went back to my desk. Darn if he didn’t run past me going the other direction. Ran out again..he took off to the other neighbors.
Went back to my desk for the third time. Once again..zip past the front door. This time I had my camera, but managed to keep behind the rose bushes so I couldn’t get a clear shot.
Really Mr. Fox? Why can’t you stay and pose for me? I only want to take your picture.
It rained again last night and continued through this afternoon. I returned home and began filling the bird feeders. ZIP !! All of a sudden, Mr. Fox ducked out from underneath the gazebo not two feet away from me chasing a squirrel. Did I have my camera? NOPE !!
Went to the back of the house and opened up the feed bins and continued filling bird feeders. Again! Mr. Fox shows up, this time sniffing the open bins wanting a nibble. Second time..did I have my camera? NOPE !!
This time, I went into the house and got my camera. Clearly Mr. Fox was hanging around hungry for dinner. Kept filling bird feeders. This time I was ready. He returned and was nibbling on the bird seed I had thrown on the ground for the juncos and sparrows.
Thank You Mr. Fox for posing for me ! It was well worth the wait.
Fantastic portrait of him. Very nice.
Thank you so much Thomas ! I was so thrilled to get a beautiful shot of him. Finally….
Appreciate it Victor ! Hope you had fun with it.
Great photo of your neighbor “Mr. Fox”
Now I’m having Fox Fever Jack !
Very good portrait!
Thanks Bente ! Bet you have some beautiful foxes in your countryside.
Hmm, I think he enjoys teasing you, Emily. 🙂 What a great catch, so worth the wait!
Totally teasing me, the little devil. He was out again this morning at the feeders. Bad shot as I was shooting through glass. Perhaps next time. 🙂
I think he stopped to pose and taunt you …. come and get me, dearie. So sweet, Emily. The fox seem to have grown bigger or is this a different one?
You know he did ! You know Perpetua, I went back and looked at the pics I took in the fall. Clearly that fox was younger. I think it is the same fox, but older. How cool would that be? Now all he needs is a girlfriend so that they have babies !!
Eating too much birds seeds made him a hunk of a fox. Should he finds a mate, there will be trouble in your birdie paradise, Emily.
Or..they can feast on my overweight squirrels. Now that I would approve of. 🙂
That last shot was definitely worth the wait. Patience is once again rewarded (plus the skill you have to take advantage of the opportunity).
You’re right Mike, it helps to be johnny on the spot with the camera settings to get it right. It took me months, but I agree, well worth the wait.
I think all animals know when I’m creeping up to take a photo. They turn invisible!
LOL ! Now that I would like to see Ilex. Birds know that I’m there and always duck behind a tree. I think they know too much. 😉
Looks like he was kind enough to grant you a chance to take this great shot! 🙂 🙂
Thank goodness ! All those chicken carcasses I’ve been leaving out for him. I deserve at least one good shot! LOL!
LOL! okay that was a more than fair payment for the photo shoot XD
What a handsome guy! Glad you got him in the end 🙂
Me too Madhu ! I was on Cloud nine for hours to have seen him and gotten this capture. Thank you.
He’s so gorgeous, Emily. Great capture…..eventually. 🙂
I truly have fox fever now. Saw him the next morning, once again at the feeders, but not since then. 😦
Fantastic Mr Fox at last! I knew your patience would pay off in the end. One piece of advice, tough: you’d better get used to walking around permanently with a camera round your neck!!! I am very happy for you, Emily! 🙂
I’m starting to think that I need to Fatima. If only the ones I had were lighter. Have only seen him once more since this day. But hoping for new views with a girlfriend. 🙂