Red Fox

The red fox had found something to eat, a frozen bird that looked to be hit by a vehicle few days ago. It was covered with dirt and snow, not much of a meal, but a start to the morning meal. Normally I just see the tracks of the fox, hunting near and away from the road. This cold morning the fox was where I was passing through, the warm morning light was starting to streak through the forest. With each hour the temperature would go up, requiring less energy to stay warm. For this fox like any other wildlife, it’s all about instinct in deciding how much food is needed. If they eat too less, it makes it harder to survive and harder to catch their prey. If they eat too much, they then become too slow to get away from the predators. Most of us humans have stopped paying attention to our bodies, even after a big meal we’ll somehow will find space for that slice of chocolate cake.

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Red Fox

I’m pretty sure it was this red fox I came across during the summer season. Near a parking lot, eating something with people just meters away from it taking pictures. People meters away from wildlife are a national park is a red flag. I got closer in my car, popped out to have a look what it was eating, it was human food. Back in my car, got even closer made loud noise to scare off the fox. People were not happy with me, I then explained what human food can result in. Sharing the story about members of a wolf pack getting their first human  food meters from the spot. Becoming food conditioned, resulting in two wolves being  put down and the packs new litter of six not surviving the summer. The look on people’s faces became more understanding, as I picked up all the bread (a bag worth)crumbs left next to an electrical box. The fox is doing well, spotted it few times hunting for its natural food.

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Red Fox

I came across this fox during a cold morning, a very cold morning, the temperature was minus 35 degree Celsius. The fox was hunting for voles, here it's standing still listening for the vole under the snow. In the end nothing was there, it moved on looking elsewhere for its breakfast.

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Red Fox

Red fox's body length  can be long as 90 cm, not including the long bushy tail, which can be as long as half a meter. The thick long red tail with the white tip helps with balance, it's used to communicate with other foxes and on cold days, like the one I saw this female on, it acts like a warm cover when napping. 
 

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Red Fox

Red foxes can be found across Canada. Their litter size varies from one to ten pubs, born between March and May. The pubs are not able to see until they are two weeks old. When they are month old, the pups are weaned off milk and start enjoying pre-chewed food. Around the age of seven months the young foxes should be able to hunt for themselves and leave their parents to look for a home to call their own. Sometimes searching and travelling for 250 km. This female fox was searching for food along the road when I spotted her.

Red Fox

Red Fox

I came across this Red Fox on a cold morning, she was busy hunting for food, in this case for voles. She was on the side of the road, I stopped my car to the side and turned off the engine. Giving her quite space from a distance to focus on hunting. I watched her hunt for few minutes before she left the area.  But before that happened I was watched her amazing tail. There are few roles the big bushy tail plays, providing balance,  warmth on cold winter days and it's also used for communicating with other foxes.  Chocolate does the same thing for me. 

Until next moment, 

Amar

Red Fox

Red Fox

There is no secret to seeing wildlife, as I have said many times, you just have to get out. The formula is simple, the more you go out the more you will see. You can have the "best" camera in the world and read everything written about wildlife, you will still have to get out to see them. Since the first time I saw a red fox in Banff National Park from a distance, getting an okay picture. I kept hoping I will came across one again one day, this year it all came together. Getting several chances, including one few weeks back, when I was able get this close-up.

Until next moment,

Amar

Red Fox

Red Fox

A red fox making its way through the valley. Even though the cold weather is taking its time, it had its winter coat on. I watched it for a few minutes, it stopped couple of times to have a snack along the way.

Until next moment,

Amar

Red Fox

Red Fox

I was making my way down the trail, when  looked ahead in an open area. There, was a fox hunting for food, I stopped and got my camera out, while the fox stopped to look at me. Pausing for only few seconds before it continued hunting. I did not move any closer, kept taking pictures until it was out of sight. Then it was time for me to exit the area.

Until next moment,

Amar

Red Fox

Red Fox

This red fox was searching for food, I kept my distance to take pictures. Before this summer it was long time ago when I saw and got pictures of a red fox, it was from great distance. Those were my only pictures of a red fox until this summer. Finally the luck has been on my side this summer, when it came to getting pictures of a fox. Now I hope I come across one in the winter with their full winter coat.

Until next moment,

Amar

Red Fox

Red Fox

There are some animals harder to keep off the road and even harder to avoid hitting, like a ground squirrel. I came across the remains of one in the morning, just off the road. But it did not go to waste, same day toward the end I came across this fox carrying the remains of the columbian ground squirrel away to be consumed.

Until next moment,

Amar

Red Fox

I came across this red fox waiting for the vehicles to pass by before crossing the road, safety first. It had food in its mouth, perhaps snack for later or taking food back to hungry mouths.

Until next moment,

Amar

Red Fox