Sunday, 27 February 2011

Unexpected Daytime Visitor.

For many years the local urban foxes have used our garden as their nightly route in search for a free meal around the local streets. Their high pitched 'yap .. yap' calls, howling and barking is often heard in the wee small hours. Very occassionally we get a fleeting daytime glimpse when  one slinks down the garden path and disappears through the hedge or over the boundary fence but today was a different scenario.

Just before midday today I spotted a young Reynard creeping very slowly through the garden stopping every now and then to sniff around various plants while also showing some interst in the movement and calls of the Blue Tits feeding overhead. I rushed upstairs for the camera and when I returned downstairs I was surprised to see this animal still moving closer to the house. This series of shots were taken through the window which wasn't ideal but I didn't want to scare it!


He or she eventually crossed our small patch of lawn and settled down just beneath the patio whilst trying to appear inconspicuous beneath the surrounding foliage.


Obviously aware that someone was watching!  This soulful looking creature eventually decided to sneak out of the garden but this wasn't to be the only encounter ..... watch this space.   FAB.

25 comments:

  1. What wonderful shots! Yes, he/she does look somewhat sad and alone. I hope you don't have any dogs or cats being stalked, though.

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  2. Hi Frank..amazing to see...That last photo he looks so sweet and gentle,like it wouldn't harm a fly, but also a wild animal!!
    Great photos and how much better does it get then when the wild life comes to you!! : }}

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  3. Absolutely unbelievable. I know there are foxes in the field behind me but I never see them. Beautiful images Frank. Carol

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  4. WOW!!! Can't wait to see more.Hope
    she isn't sick or hurt.

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  5. For all their bad press Frank, they're still a beautiful animal, and would be a most welcome visitor to my garden.
    Cracking shots, and such beautiful eyes.

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  6. Excellent photos Frank! I've been told foxes go through our gardens, never seen one yet though. Amazing in daylight hours aswell.
    Brilliant! Have a good week!

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  7. Oh, how I envy you, Frank! You got some terrific shots, particularly the last one!

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  8. Brilliant encounter Frank. We have urban foxes around our house but I have never been fortunate enough to see one of them during daylight hours.

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  9. A brilliant series Frank. What a lovely visitor to have. Haven't seen one for years.

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  10. In spite of the bad press they are our most popular mammal,i can never see enough pictures of them....

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  11. Great pictures Frank. Always nice to be able to get pictures of something you normally see going away from you..lol.

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  12. Terrific shots Frank! That last one is really cute. I'll stay tuned...

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  13. Quite an encounter Frank, great photo's too :-)

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  14. You were privileged to get such good, close shots Frank, a lovely encounter.

    They used to visit our garden regularly at night, I could always smell their scent the next morning but there don't seem to have been any for a while now.

    The last photo in particular is a cracker!

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  15. Wow, what a fabulous sight. Fantastic images of the russet beauty! Gorgeous face and stunning eyes! Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Beautiful shots! Our Red Fox is furrier (perhaps to ward off sub zero temps all winter) and it's always so nice to see them as doesn't happen very often at all, so you're very lucky in my books! Imagine, snoozing on your patio. Great example of how we're all having to learn to live in closer quarters together!

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  17. You've got some stunning photos there, Frank!

    Can't wait to see more :)

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  18. Hi Everyone. Thanks for all the comments on my daytime visitor. Hope you enjoy the follow up images. FAB.

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  19. What a pleasant surprise for you and that bottom image is such a great one Frank. Wow, what a moment in time. Maybe it shall visit you again one day soon.

    We have Red Foxes in our neighborhood, but I have only seen an adult twice and only photographed it once. A neighbor just 3 houses from me, got to watch the kits play last year, but did not know where the den was~

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  20. Can't believe I missed this post Frank. Awesome photos of this beautiful creature!! Hope it comes often for you to see. Maybe a family will come!! I love seeing my family every spring.

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  21. Hi Mary and Ginny. I'm delighted to report that he has been back again (yesterday and today). I watched him hunting and catching a mouse!!

    Cheers Roy.

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  22. Awesome captures!! How cool to have one of these guys visit!

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  23. Hi Kerri. We hear them most nights but it is always a special treat to come face to face during daylight hours.

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