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Red Fox with a Meal I spotted this red fox cross the road while driving through Yellowstone National Park. It was a dreary, rainy day, but I parked on the side of the road and stalked it into the woods. When I came upon it, it was listening very carefully and watching the ground, likely for a meal. I used its intense focus on its prey to my advantage and was able to sneak within 10 meters! Before I was ready for a shot, the fox pounced and started digging and disappeared behind a tree stump. When it emerged, it had a mole and saw me and trotted into the woods. I followed, and I was able to catch the fox sitting and staring at me. I was able to get a few shots before it silently slipped in the woods for good. Perhaps the fox was a female and was heading back to her den with her catch to feed to her kits? Maybe that's why she didn't eat the mole right away...or maybe she was antsy because I was there. Canidae,Geotagged,Red Fox,Spring,United States,Vulpes vulpes,Wyoming,Yellowstone National Park,mammals Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Red Fox with a Meal

I spotted this red fox cross the road while driving through Yellowstone National Park. It was a dreary, rainy day, but I parked on the side of the road and stalked it into the woods. When I came upon it, it was listening very carefully and watching the ground, likely for a meal. I used its intense focus on its prey to my advantage and was able to sneak within 10 meters! Before I was ready for a shot, the fox pounced and started digging and disappeared behind a tree stump. When it emerged, it had a mole and saw me and trotted into the woods. I followed, and I was able to catch the fox sitting and staring at me. I was able to get a few shots before it silently slipped in the woods for good. Perhaps the fox was a female and was heading back to her den with her catch to feed to her kits? Maybe that's why she didn't eat the mole right away...or maybe she was antsy because I was there.

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  1. Wow - great image, and impressive stalking to get that close to observe all of this. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks! Really though, I was lucky that the fox was so preoccupied with its prey that for the longest time it didn't notice me :) Posted 4 years ago
  2. One of your best, Travis! I love how it is looking away, as if you're not there, it feels very natural. I also like how dirty it is, a sign of the true wild. Top shot! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Wow!! Thanks Ferdy! :) I have plenty of photos of it looking at me, but then it must have heard something and looked away and I was able to get this photo. The fox was a very unique color, too, having the light blonde fur and dirty gray underside. I feel the damp coat from the rain really adds a wild feeling to the photo as well. Posted 4 years ago
  3. This is the same fox from this photo!! :)

    Leaping For Dinner (Red fox) As I was coming back from Hayden Valley, I noticed cars parked along the road of the Nez Perce pullout. There was a fox out in the field looking for rodents to eat. I really wanted to get a picture of it leaping to catch its prey but could only get so close. This had to do.  Nez Perce,Red Fox,Vulpes vulpes,Yellowstone National Park
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. It sure seemed that way, didn't it! It was less than a kilometer away from the other shot and it would be pretty strange for two blonde foxes to be in the same area. Posted 4 years ago

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The red fox is the largest of the true foxes, as well as being the most geographically spread member of the Carnivora, being distributed across the entire northern hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, Central America and the steppes of Asia. Its range has increased alongside human expansion, having been introduced to Australia, where it is considered harmful to native mammal and bird populations. Because of these factors, it is listed as Least Concern for extinction by the IUCN. It.. more

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Uploaded May 21, 2015. Captured May 14, 2015 18:02 in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA.
  • NIKON D3300
  • f/5.6
  • 10/3200s
  • ISO800
  • 170mm