Foxy doings in Sunkhaze refuge

Posted Jan. 03, 2012, at 10:08 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 03, 2012, at 11:50 a.m.
Red fox, on the prowl.
Dave Small
Red fox, on the prowl.
A red fox on the move.
Dave Small
A red fox on the move.
Posing for a portrait?
Dave Small
Posing for a portrait?
Success! At least, success for the fox. The mouse would surely disagree.
Dave Small
Success! At least, success for the fox. The mouse would surely disagree.
A red fox, in full profile.
Dave Small
A red fox, in full profile.
A red fox sizes up a likely dining spot.
Dave Small
A red fox sizes up a likely dining spot.
A red fox ducks into the snow in search of a meal.
Dave Small
A red fox ducks into the snow in search of a meal.

Christmas Eve Day found me with a gap in my to-do list, so I packed up some stuff and headed to Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge for a quick hike on the Oak Point Trail.

Shortly after passing the Carter Meadows Road and trail, I became aware of something trotting down the road, coming in my direction. As I moved my Jeep to the side of the road, a red fox became distinguishable and it was on the hunt. During the next 20 minutes or so, in the eight degree temperature, this yearling fox allowed me to photograph it, seemingly undisturbed … what a gift of nature and an early Christmas present!

I’ll let the images tell the rest of the story, but if you don’t care to see wild animals eating other wild animals, stop looking before the mouse does his disappearing act. It’s tough, but it’s survival.

 

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