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Red Fox - Vulpes vulpes

Red Fox - Vulpes vulpes
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros II, My Wish List (British Wildlife), 5 favs. and up, CeltickRanger's favorite Fox photos, Foxes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-15 15:58
Viewed: 30175
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 70
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Red Fox - Vulpes vulpes

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Vulpes

The red fox has orangish-red fur on its back, sides and head. It has white fur under its neck and on its chest. It has a long bushy tail tipped in white, pointed black ears and black legs and feet.

The red fox can be found in most of the United States and Canada, except for the far north in Canada and Alaska and much of the western U.S. and Hawaii. The red fox can also be found in Europe and Asia and it has been introduced to Australia

The red fox makes its home in wooded areas, prairies and farmland.

The red fox eats a wide variety of foods. It is an omnivore and its diet includes fruits, berries and grasses. It also eats birds and small mammals like squirrels, rabbits and mice. A large part of the red fox's diet is made up invertebrates like crickets, caterpillars, grasshoppers, beetles and crayfish. The red fox will continue to hunt even when it is full. It stores extra food under leaves, snow or dirt.

Life Cycle
The red fox mates from January through March. The female will make one or more dens right after mating. The extra dens are used if the original den is disturbed. A little less than two months after mating, the female gives birth to a litter of between one and ten kits. The male brings the female food while she is caring for the kits. The kits start playing outside the den when they are about a month old. The mother begins feeding her kits regurgitated food, but eventually she will bring them live prey to "play" with and eat. Playing with live prey helps the young kits develop the skills they will need for hunting. The kits leave their mother when they are about seven months old.

The red fox is mostly nocturnal, although it will sometimes venture out in the day. The red fox, unlike other mammals, hears low-frequency sounds very well. It can hear small animals digging underground and will frequently dig in the dirt or snow to catch prey. The fox stalks its prey, much like a cat. It gets as close as it can and then pounces and chases its prey.

Except for breeding females, the fox doesn't usually use a den. Sometimes it will sleep in the open, wrapping its bushy tail around its nose to stay warm. When it does use a den, it will usually find an abandoned rabbit or marmot den instead of making its own den.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-15 16:19]

What a great shot - why don't I find foxes peeking charmingly out of fallen trees? I love this, great colours, wonderful POV, sharp details and a fabulous subject



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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-15 16:25]

Hello Heinz,
Magnificent capture.POV,pose of red fox,colors and composition are woınderful.Excellent work!

bonsoir heinz
magnifique,a voir la tranquilité de ce renard on le croirait presque empaillé.
les couleurs sont tres bonnes ainsi que la netteté.vraiment une reussite et je partage la même envie que les trois autres personnes qui l'on deja placée dans leurs favorites.

Hallo Heinz!
This guy doesn't look at you as a friend. Be careful. :)
Very nice and funny work. With my best wishes.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-15 17:22]

Hi Heinz

Superb capture of this beautiful Fox, the compostion and POV are excellent, nice sharp details, the lighting and the warm autumnal colours are simply beautiful and I love the pose as he is giving you a cheeky wink.

TFS Hilary :o)

This is a fantastic capture, right out of a storybook. It sort of reminds me of Disney's 'Fox and the Hound'. Nice job Heinz. :)

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-15 18:23]

Hello Heinz

This has WOW written all over it. Such a tranquil and lovely scene that it almost seems to exist in a children’s fairytale story book. The amazing colours of this dense wooded vista make the photo all the more pleasing on the eye. Of course the little red fox lying in its hollowed tree trunk is just the cherry on the cake.

Great work with this wonderful composition and POV. The details are fine, the DOF is excellent, and the exposure was spot on. TFS.


PS. I just wonder if that was a wink or did it perhaps just size you up to decide whether you are worth a bite.


What a fasinating image.
What are the chances?

Great framing and sharpness, excellent find,


Hi Heinz,

Exellent shot
composition, sharpness, details, colours and notes are PERFECT

TFS Thijs

WOW!!! What an adorable capture! Great detail and colors. Beautiful picture! TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-15 21:23]

Hello Heinz

A beautiful forest photo.You are so lucky to have seen this.The foxes around here are mostly nocturnal and difficult to photograph.I love the well saturated colours and the wonderful composition.Great POV and DOF.TFS


Hello Heinz,
THis is such a nice picture! I really love this shot. It's so different seeing it resting in a log like that, (we would think only beavers and others animals do that, doesn't have a cave to go to? LOL). Anyway, lovely colors and surroundings! You have captured such a rare and precious moment! KUDOS!

Simpaticissima foto, Heinz!
Stupenda questa volpe rossa dentro il tronco d'albero, ti stava guardando...

Ottimi dettagli e colori, bravo!

Ciao e grazie.

Excellent scene colors and composition.
Could have been the pic of the month with a little more sharpness and no shade on the right eye.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-16 3:46]

Hi Heinz.
Your shot is fantastic. What a cute fox and its expression. You have reflected its mood perfectly. I like the rich colourful and interesting environmental. Amazing combination of objects, lights and darks. Very nice and funny work. My compliments but point tomorrow. My best wishes and TFS,

Nice shot...
My experience with foxes is that they notice you immediately; very alert. Afterwards they run away...no time to shoot.
You managed very well here..

Hello Heinz,
Only one word, WOW!!! What a great capture, this is so precious! Excellent work at all levels, I adore this picture and it is going to my fav's right now ;) I wonder were this was taken? Thanks,


Hi Heinz,
Wonderful image!
The composition is very nice here, perfect exposure, great colours.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-16 6:47]

Hallo Heinz,
das ist ein Bilderbuchbild, was fuer eine herrliche Bildgestaltung. Eine einzigartige Pose von Reinecke so richtig frech blinzelt er aus dem Baumstamm hervor. Super ist das, das kommt schnurstracks zu meinen Favoriten.

Hi Heinz,
I love this shot! Perfect exposure has colors and detail looking superb. A great overall scene. A classic!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-16 8:11]

Hi Heinz, amazing capture and splend lighting aroud this cute Fox. Your composition is perfect. In my favorit list. Didier.

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  • ardli Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 5 N: 10] (92)
  • [2006-11-16 8:36]

Hi Heinz,
wunderschöne Aufnahme
Klasse *****


Beautifully captured! Amazingly composed image...
Great job.

What a natural den this fox is using, Heinz!
A prize picture with stunning colours, clarity and overall composition.
Thanks for sharing this gem.

Excellent. Great color and sharp detail. Super location! Nice opportunity recorded.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-16 13:42]

Hoi Heinz , What a fantastic shot you came ,realy great capture from this fox , the details and the colours are amezing , very good job ,tfs Greetings teunie .

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-16 20:53]

What a perfect pose, Heinz.
A beautiful beautiful creature that you captured in the cutest position.
Lovely composition, sharp details, beautiful light.
Delightful. : )
TFS. : )

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-11-16 21:25]

Une très belle image,le renard dans cette cache est superbe et la composition est parfaite.

Merci Heinz!

Hello Heinz,

excellent POV, perfect details, very crisp, nice colors, excellent capture and composed shot,
Its as if he is posing for thephoto,

Great work, TFS Kyle

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-11-26 16:53]

Hi Heinz,
Your series of fox images is very nice.I like the warm light you have captured really accentuating the colour of the foxes fur and the earthy colours surrounding it.A nice pose and interesting expression on it face...looks like its giving you a wink.Take care and TFS.
Regards, David

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-17 9:59]

Hi Heinz,

This is very pictoresque. Did you shoot this one in the wilderness? I like the colors and the surroundings. Great work.


bonjour Heinz

superbe composition de ce renard dans les sous-bois,
superbe couleurs et détails dans l'image
et quelle bel emplacement qu'a trouvé ce renard pour son repos



very cute, nice light, TFS Ori

This is my favorite fox photograph ever. Beautiful colors, composition and expression!

Beautiful shot! The colours, pov, all are very pleasing. I like the way the lazy-looking fox sneak peeks through the hollow log.

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  • [2012-01-16 10:08]

This is a fantastic picture! Wow!!!

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