In a recent stop to ask if I could take some downed trees for firewood, the homeowner mentioned there is a fox den or two under a nearby railway bridge. As much as I like getting free firewood (we heat our entire house completely with a wood stove), that got more of my attention! I"m not sure about this time of year for getting good shots, but I'm hoping to get a few hours on a Saturday soon to find the den(s), check them out and see if there are signs of activity there. I'm also hoping the den isn't too far under the bridge abutment or it won't be very bright for pictures.
I did a bit of searching on the net to see if there were any tips to glean on photographing foxes. Here's the list of tips I found so far to keep in mind when attempting to photograph:
- Situate yourself where you're downwind, but also with the sun position in mind - generally behind you at best, but not beyond the subject unless you're creating some interesting effects.
- When fox pups are born, morning and evening are when the adults are usually gone hunting.
- Wear inconspicuous clothing. Camouflage is good, but not necessary. Don't wear bright clothing.
- An interesting tip from one photographer: sway on a windy day to blend into the other moving grasses, etc. Not sure about that one...
- More to come???
....Well, it is now one week after having started this post. And I was able to head out to the supposed fox den location. My in-laws were over and my father-in-law was game to head out there with my three boys in tow as its only about a 5 minute drive from our place. The joke for the rest of the night with the boys was to