Title: Fox face-off
Location & Date: Toronto, Ontario | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 200-400mm @ 400mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000th
As many readers know, I don’t drive. So discovering a transit accessible fox den in suburban Toronto was incredibly fortunate seeing as it allowed me to create a quasi-office in the field, working on other projects from my Blackberry while the kits slept and documenting every other moment when they were awake. One of the incredibly cool opportunities I had, as a result of the volume of time I spent at the den, was to watch the vixen hunt flies. While the shoot took place in the spring when the bugs weren’t awful, this fox either hated them so much (I can relate) or loved their taste so much, that every time one would come near her, she’d stop what she was doing, stare intently at its movements for upwards of five minutes, and then leap to catch it. This scene was replayed not frequently, but not infrequently either – and within a month, the kits got in on the action too. The best part? They actually caught them. Foxes are very impressive creatures.