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Frodo the Fox

Frodo the Fox
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BEST OF: Foxes, Maned wolves, & Jackals 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-07 1:24
Viewed: 5643
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coincidently to my last post, this fox is called Frodo :-)
Another shot from the British Wildlife Centre.

I hope you like it!

Red Fox - Vulpes vulpes

Red foxes have become the most widespread dogs in the wild, having overtaken grey wolves to the top spot. They are often included in folklore, with a reputation for being sly and cunning.

Around 40 subspecies.

Life span
In the wild, red foxes seldom live for more than seven years, but in captivity they live for up to 15 years.

Head and body length: 50-90cm, Tail length: 30-50cm, Standing height: 35-45cm, Weight: 6-10kg.

Physical description
As the name suggests, red foxes have red/brown fur. This can vary in coloration and can give rise to black, silver or cross morphs. The long, bushy tail (brush) is often tipped with white fur, and the backs of the ears are black, as are part of the legs.

They have slender muzzles, with white fur on the top lip, and some individuals have black tear marks. The chest is often white.

Red foxes are widespread across Europe (but absent from Iceland), Canada, USA, and in Asia from Japan to Indochina. They were introduced to Australia.

They are typically found in woodland and open country, but their presence in urban areas is increasing.

Red foxes are opportunist feeders and eat insects, earthworms, fruit, berries, wild birds, small mammals and scraps left by humans.

Red foxes are primarily active at dusk and night. They are solitary, but they very occasionally group together in a pack.

Foxes forage alone in different parts of their territory, which may extend from 25 to 5,000 acres (10-2,000 hectares), depending on the habitat. Territories are marked by faeces and urine.

Vixens come into heat once a year for one to six days. They give birth to four to seven cubs in a den (also called an earth), after a gestation period of 51-53 days. The cubs are weaned after seven to nine weeks, and become sexually mature after a year.

The number of cubs and the time of year in which the vixen gives birth depends on food availability.

Conservation status
They are not considered to be endangered, and are the most widespread and abundant wild carnivore in the world.

Red foxes are the animal symbol of Hokkaido.

Thanks for looking!

PaulH, marhowie, Silvio2006, eqshannon, red45, nglen, Noisette, Dis. Ac., gracious, smitha, jaycee, haraprasan, Adanac, vanderschelden, boreocypriensis, Maite has marked this note useful
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He's posing for you! Looks like you're 3 meters away!??
Anyway quite expressive, not scared and coulnt be sharper
Great Joe

Hello Joe,
Very nice portrait. I like it.
Well done

Hi Joe,
A flattering portrait, the shallow DOF has enhanced the beauty of the animal. TFS

Beautiful portrait of a fox. The sharpness, colours and the eye conteact look great.

hello joe

beautiful fox
good colours and sharpness

greeting lou

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-07 3:28]
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Hi Joe,
i see Frodo is doing well :o) I posted a shot of this chap back in the summer, it's nice to see him again. Did you get this at feeding time?
It is a lovely shot though. Very nice expression and technically well done...superb portrait of a lovely animal.

Excellent portrait Joe,
I really don't see any room for improvement here..sorry :)
Very nice direct eye contact too.
Have a great day,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-07 5:21]

Superb shot,Joe!
Colors,sharpness and details are great!

Your wildlife center seems like a great place to practice your wildlife shooting. It's nice to be able to get so close. I like the close crop and the pose of this fox. The eyes are great.

Evelynn : )

Ciao again Joe, beautiful portrait of lovely fox with splendid light and colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Didn't Frodo die???? I don't know..all I know is that whatever it was it was sad...very neat Joey as always...did you see a dedication to you by Gert today..or perhaps a lesson...very neat..both the lesson and your image!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-07 9:48]

Hi Joe!

Much more cute then Frodo :-) As Howard wrote - no room for improvement - just perfect portrait of beautifull animal!

Hello Joe,
This portrait is really perfect! Good light, details, composition... A great job. Congratulations,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-07 12:13]

Hi Joe. This looks one healty looking Fox. You have taken a fine close up with great detail in the fur and sad looking eyes. well done TFS.

hello Joe
What a fantastic portrait from this fox, I like the details and the colors on his fur and on his face. His look is impressive

Hi Joe,
Excellent capture of Frodo; great POV and composition, sharp fine details and bright natural colours. Frodo seems to have much better diet than the ones in my back yard.

Impresionante retrato y fieles colores. Una gran mirada y unos ojos muy bien captados. Una foto para enmarcar !
Saludos Joe: Josep Ignasi.

Joey ,Joey ,Joey

What are we going to do with you.
This is stunning, professional quality.
A wonderful portrait that leaves me speechless.
Great job in every aspect.


Hello Joe,
great portriat of the lovely fox!
the closeness is perfect with great sharpness, wonderful colour and superb details
well done

Hello Joe,

Exellent presentation of this portrait of the fox.


Dear Joe,
Now from where do I start ?
You have uploaded tons of beautiful pictures in your gallery.How do I comment on all of them? Should send a personal request to TN to grant me more smileys and to God, more time in my hand to spend on TN.:)
How are you? It has been a long time since I met you on G talk too. Trust you are fine and busy with your photography.
Excellent portrait of the Red fox, frodo.I liked the expression capturd here. He looks like he is smiling at you. Excellent POV and DOf. Good sharpness and details in the fur.
Nice contrasting background.
Thanks for the share,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-08 8:22]

Hello Joe,
Great portrait, very expressive. Technically superb in sharpness and colours. Beautiful eye-contact. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-08 10:21]
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Hi Joe,

A magnificent portrait of Frodo! What did you do to get her to look at you that way? The expression on her face and in those beautiful eyes is priceless. The colors and details of her face and coat are wonderful. I love the black whiskers. Can't do better than this!!


Hi Joe,
A nice portrait of this beautiful red fox. Superb composition and good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2009-01-08 11:39]

Hi joe,

Great portrait, perfectly capturing his cheeky character. Perfect DOF, very sharp details and nice rich natural colours.



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-08 18:02]

Hi Joe,
Superb close up portrait of this beautiful fox. The eye and fur detail is outstanding. Great work Joe, thank you.

Hi Joe,
I like the crop, compo...
Great expression as well. Beautiful animal, this fellow called Frodo.

Hi OwlMann Joe:-)
What a beautiful face of this cute red fox. great details and sharpness. Colours are vivid.
TFS. have a wonderful weekend!


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-11 13:00]

WOW!! What a stunning portrait! I do love he eye contact and the perfect framing and sharpness, Joey.
It's a perfect job. Thank you very much for sharing.

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