It always seems that the more amazing something is that I see, the less likely I am to have my camera with me. Red Foxes have always been one of those animals that I have seen only when I had no camera. Once, while wandering through a marsh I met a fox from a distance of about 7 or 8 feet. It stared at me for a few second before disappearing away. Of course, not a camera in sight.
|A running Red Fox (January 14th, 2011)|
Two years ago, this week, I took my one and only photograph of a Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes). While I had seen fox many times, it had always been without a camera in my hand. On January 14th, 2011 I finally saw one that I could photograph.
This fox was checking out muskrat lodges along the edge of an old river oxbow. I was able to take one photo when it broke into a run.
|A closeup of the above photo.|
|The fox tracks are the ones leading away, across the pond.|
Like most canines, it is an omnivore and eats a wide variety of foods. Its diet includes small to medium sized mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. It also eats fruits, such as apples and berries, an nuts. Like many other omnivores it also scavenges the remains of dead animals.
Despite being a major predator of small animals, the Red Fox also has to worry about becoming prey. It is eaten by large raptors such as hawk, eagles, and owls. Wolves, lynx, bobcat, and fisher will also prey upon it. The adaptable coyote has moved into much of its range and competes directly against the Red Fox for food and territory as well as killing the fox for food.