A night time shot of a Red Fox in the Forest of Dean.
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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.
A Red Fox photographed during the onset of dusk.
This fox has become a regular nightly garden visitor. I’m pretty sure it’s a male. He eats any surplus bird seed that has been left over that day. There’s also a Badger coming in nightly for the same reason, but it’s a case of whoever gets there first gets the food. This was shot through the lounge window with lighting provided by the external light on the house – no flash, 1/20th sec handheld. He’s only a couple of metres away, so a wide angle lens reduced camera shake.