The animals came in two by two

by Helen Hooker October. 28, 2010 5731 views

While I was at the Natural History Museum yesterday I visited the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (I can??t recommend it highly enough if you??re able to visit) and it inspired me to use my last day of holiday to visit the British Wildlife Centre again today. When I was there in June quite a few babies had recently been born but most had yet to venture out from their nests. Today they were very much up and about and they all seemed to come in twos ?? just like Noah??s Ark! As ever the foxes were wonderful and I spent ages photographing the Scottish Wild Cats. I had a little more luck with the red squirrels in their walk through enclosure this time. Since June they??ve become much braver and on several occasions I found a squirrel climbing up my leg, using it as a short cut to its favourite vantage point!

This was the best I could do with the red squirrels - they move so quickly!

The foxes just know how to pose well for the camera!

The two Scottish Wild Cat kittens were just adorable.

Don't you just hate it when you get an itch?!

Mother and kitten

A moment of togetherness.

Kendra, the kittens' mother.

Not my sharpest shot ever but I couldn't resist posting this one!

This was the first time I'd seen the polecat out and about - he posed very obligingly.

There were actually three otter cubs but these two stopped together just long for me to capture them.

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Alison 6 years, 6 months ago

These are just gorgeous, all of them - what a successful day, looks like it was well worth the visit.

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Sandra Vermeulen 6 years, 6 months ago

Helen, these are all so wonderful, I favorite one to see them all again, again and again!! ;-)

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Lucinda 6 years, 6 months ago

Very well done! I've never even been that close to a squirrel, they ARE so fast. What a fun set!

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Davorka ČEoviä‡ 6 years, 6 months ago

Fantastic set! my fav. #1 !!!

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Milton Jacob 6 years, 6 months ago

wow. what a clear, sharp and lovely shots!

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Ruth 6 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful set. I had a grey fox pass through my yard once, but did't have the camera with me. Wonderful captures!!

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Lã¡Szlã³ ( Laci) 6 years, 6 months ago

Really perfect shots!

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Andrea 6 years, 6 months ago

Amazing set, fantastic job!

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Goldbrandi 6 years, 6 months ago

Fantastic set,my friend!

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Tomie Poodle 6 years, 6 months ago

beautiful set! 4 is so neat!

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Eiram 6 years, 7 months ago

Helen, these are fantastic! great work!

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Ania 6 years, 7 months ago

OMG!! This set is outstanding!! #2 is absolutely perfect!!

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Brenda Nelson 6 years, 7 months ago

This is an absolutely great set, Helen! The markings on the animals are perfectly captured and presented - love the cats and the squirrel, but the fox is super! I put #4 in my faves. (You didn't have to lie down on your mother's floor to photograph this fox, did you?)

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Sherij 6 years, 7 months ago

You got to walk among these critters? You mentioned a squirrel climbing up your leg? WOW how cool. The Cats are just gorgeous!! The whole post was great!!

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Moira 6 years, 7 months ago

Simply beautiful shots one as good as the other I'd say FP examples but could never choose which one.

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Pete 6 years, 7 months ago

wow love the FOX

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Kate 6 years, 7 months ago

Wat a fantastic outcome from your visit...stunning natural photographs

6 years, 7 months ago Edited
Larry Nelson 6 years, 7 months ago

Where's the ark?

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Karman 6 years, 7 months ago

WOW Factor, these are all very beautifully done. But I like the "catches" that are not set up. Beautiful

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Imdanchan 6 years, 7 months ago

wow. these are great shots. thanks for sharing.

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Marsha 6 years, 7 months ago

Sounds like a wonderful outing and you got some great shots! Just love the cats :)))

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Ricardo 6 years, 7 months ago

OMG helen!
these are really gorgeous and amazing!
you did an impressive job over here!:o

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Lynda 6 years, 7 months ago

What a fantastic set. Such clear shots and beautfully composed and focussed.

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Josy 6 years, 7 months ago

Wow ! Impressive set and details! Bravo

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Jan 6 years, 7 months ago

2 is perfect! had to put it in my favs. Always wanted to make a picture like that. but foxes are very rare here..
They are so beautiful.

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Gospodarica 6 years, 7 months ago

very nice set :)

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