More foxes and deer

by Mireille Van Beekvelt June. 11, 2021 155 views

Trial 2 in the field. Some days ago, I set myself in the field again at 8 pm, well covered in the bush and this time with mosquito oil, rubber boots and a head-net. ;-)

No young foxes around, but after about an hour me and fox surprised each other as one of the foxes on its way back to the den passed by me just one (!) meter from where I was sitting. Me, in the bush at the border of the meadow and the fox cruising on the edge of the meadow and bush where I was hiding. Big surprise for both of us and unfortunately it meant that I was spotted again. :-) The fox was in no time at safe distance and, of course, warned the others of my presence. I decided to wait a bit and see what the fox would do. Apparently, nothing other than watching me, warning his family every now and waiting patiently until I moved on. So, I did after a while and was again followed to check if I really left. It did provide me with some nice pictures again.

When I got home, I was met by a female roe deer, just across the road where I live. They are there quite often, but mostly further away and later in the evening. This time she was really close by and was not at all impressed by me.

On top of that I checked my camera trap some days after and it turned out that it had captured one of the foxes crossing the log! Jippie. Too much ghosting and in unfortunately in the other direction, but nevertheless a happy surprise. It does not get dark any longer and the weather has been so warm and dry that by now, the river is so low that there is no real need for crossing the bridge, so quite a surprise that I captured this one! Badger activity on the log has also decreased, but they are still wandering around in the area, including around the fox-den.

Finally! A "ghosting" fox crossing the log bridge. :-) Cameratrap picture (Camtraptions PIR3).

Finally! A "ghosting" fox crossing the log bridge. :-) Cameratrap picture (Camtraptions PIR3).

Unexpected close encounter, but within seconds at safe distance ...

Unexpected close encounter, but within seconds at safe distance ...

More messages to the rest of the family

More messages to the rest of the family

Following along as I move away

Following along as I move away

Patiently waiting in the evening sun (0950 pm)

Patiently waiting in the evening sun (0950 pm)

Female roe deer meeting on my way home, just across the road from our house. (2220 pm)

Female roe deer meeting on my way home, just across the road from our house. (2220 pm)

Male roe deer (some days before)

Male roe deer (some days before)

On the hill across the road

On the hill across the road

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