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Just got back from a fabulous session down at my local hide and yes it was absolutely freezing cold and my spine feels like it's never going to straighten out ever again, but boy was it worth it! I also feel extremely honoured and privileged having just watched this vixen hunting right in front of the hide for anything she could find in amongst the snow. The downside being that most of the time she was hunting just that little bit too far away in order to get a really good shot........But both Sue and I waited and waited praying that she would come just close enough to the front of the hide so as to get that really special shot!
Were now both trying to thaw ourselves out after sitting for there for 4 hours, but I hope you agree it paid off in the end. She eventually came within about 15 yards from the front of the hide and we both agreed to let rip with the cameras, because up to that point we hardly took any shots for fear of spooking her away.
We've captured wild foxes down at the hide before, but never had we had an animal come this close......Our hearts were in our mouths!
It was fascinating watching her go about her business and for such a long period of time as well. My only hope now is that I've done the animal justice, but I'll leave you to decide that? I'm still buzzing with all the excitement!!
If you can, please take a look at the large version which BTW is the full frame capture, thanks for stopping by.......Ade

Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:Sigma EX 50-500mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Wild Red Fox
Username:Ade_Osman Ade_Osman
Uploaded:7 Feb 2009 - 3:21 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Fox, General, Red fox, Vixen, Vulpes vulpes, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:105

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 3:22 PM

lovely shot wonderfully sharp and lovely colours
Shandoor

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vickyal
vickyal  6 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 - 3:26 PM

Great shot.
Vicky

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geniehawk
geniehawk  7181 forum posts England
7 Feb 2009 - 3:29 PM

Gosh Ade, so well worth the wait! I can imagine you and Sue waiting in the cold but it is a fantastic shot and should go far. Hope you thaw out OK.

Jeannie.

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JouŠo
JouŠo e2 Member 1056 forum postsJouŠo vcard Finland
7 Feb 2009 - 3:31 PM

a beauty, Ade......

Jouko

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PeelNStick
PeelNStick  10 United States4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 3:38 PM

This is a great shot. I appreciate the effort you put forth to get this good capture.

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
7 Feb 2009 - 3:40 PM

Well worth freezing for! An excellent photo of this beautiful animal in the snow. LARGE is a must. JNC

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 3:50 PM

Ta muchly Jeannie......Been home nearly 3 hours now and I'm still cold, think I'll have a bath in a mo.....
It was worth it though.......
Thanks to everyone else kind enough to comment

Ade

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Phil_Morgan
7 Feb 2009 - 3:50 PM

I gave my user award to a certain miss Surry yesterday, this would have it otherwise!! Superb Ade, gutted I went wading through snow in the beacons instead of coming down there! Sad
Will try and get down there tomorrow, but chances like this don't come along more than once!!

Phil.

Last Modified By Phil_Morgan at 7 Feb 2009 - 3:54 PM

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challicew
challicew  6 South Africa1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 3:54 PM

A truly brilliant photograph!

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 3:57 PM

Cheers Phil. might see you down there yet mate, I'll have to thaw out from today first though.....LOL
The fox shows quite regulary, but always at distance, but who knows you might be in with a shout.

Ade

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 3:58 PM


Quote: I gave my user award to a certain miss Surry yesterday, this would have it otherwise!!!

Phil.

Hey I voted on this, so all's fair Smile

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cdm36
cdm36  10391 forum posts England7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 4:01 PM

Worth the sitting in that cold Ade..

Now go get warm Smile

Chris.

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Phil_Morgan
7 Feb 2009 - 4:01 PM


Quote: Hey I voted on this, so all's fair

Lol!! Wink

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 4:06 PM

Superb capture! well worth the effort and more! KUDOS!
Jennnn

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 4:07 PM


Quote: Hey I voted on this, so all's fair

Makes a change missus Smile

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Wilmot
Wilmot  6338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 4:25 PM

This was totally worth it! Wonderful image!
Steve

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motorsportpictures

WOW, so good.
Scott

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jayjay52
jayjay52  5 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 - 5:14 PM

A wonderful shot.
Jenny

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84312 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 5:30 PM

What a wonderful image, so clear and sharp - is it on the wall yet?! Smile

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KBan
KBan  9457 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 5:39 PM

one to be proud of Ade
keith

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 5:49 PM

Absolutely stunning Ade..... shorlisted

So envious... I've been out this afternoon waiting on the same but nothing showed... this is perfect... inspiration for me to get back out there again tomorrow

Jon

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 5:56 PM

Cracking shot - excellent detail and colour - good composition too

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Hoffy
Hoffy e2 Member 10238 forum postsHoffy vcard England16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 6:12 PM

This is quality, she is beautiful.

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 6143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 6:18 PM

Congratulations, beautifully captured.
David

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VinceJones
VinceJones e2 Member 9862 forum postsVinceJones vcard United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 - 6:35 PM

A real stunner Ade with bags of detail!! Love the eye contact.

Is this the same hide you took me to some time ago?

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 6:38 PM

I use my votes sparingly Ade Wink

Plus at the moment I have to purposefully load the full res images, so even less votes from me than normal last week and this Smile

53.6k connection, like the bad old days! Makes you appreciate broadband.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 6:39 PM

Well worth the waiting
I wish I had a local hide
But living in South Leeds thats not an option
Again a really great photo

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f8
f8  119169 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 6:50 PM

Great shot Ade, shame no large version.

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ZenTog
ZenTog  127875 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 7:02 PM

brill ade love the crispness

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2009 - 7:14 PM

Fantastic Ade. Possibly the best Fox image i have seen on this site. I can almost count every hair on the coat and the eye catchlights are brilliant.
Ron

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ChrisWallace
7 Feb 2009 - 8:14 PM

Great image, great setting, great work
Chris

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49er
49er  8564 forum posts
7 Feb 2009 - 8:46 PM

lovely shot.

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fatmod
fatmod  8 England
7 Feb 2009 - 8:50 PM

an awesome shot im so jealous

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Karrol
Karrol  629 forum posts England
7 Feb 2009 - 9:02 PM

That is one awesome shot - perfect in every respect!

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Misty56
Misty56  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2009 - 12:30 AM

i would b buzzing as well, this is such a beautiful shot, when viewed large the eyes twinkle at you, you so honored to have a fox so close,
never seen one near me at all,

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Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2009 - 1:14 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments guys, they're all very much appreciated.
In answer to Vince's query, yes mate, tis the same place, I did think about setting up a camp bed down this hide as I seem to spend most of my time down there these days.......LOL

Thanks again folks......Ade

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ValSaxby
ValSaxby e2 Member 9140 forum postsValSaxby vcard United Kingdom
8 Feb 2009 - 8:12 AM

A stunner Ade, this really was worth the wait in the hide well done, and yes it gets my award,

Val

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chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2009 - 8:18 AM

A beauty Ade,now all you have to do is get warm & sort yer back out !

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Rob_Taylor
Rob_Taylor  10659 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2009 - 8:46 AM

A fabulous photo of a beautiful animal Ade, must have been great just to be there, the photo is a bonus!!

Rob

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2009 - 7:06 PM

A stunning image indeed, Ade. The detail is impressive.
A pair of Foxes inhabit my local nature reserve but never do they get close enough to get a photo like this. I feel your excitement, yet at the same time, envy you.
Terry

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f8  119169 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2009 - 8:41 PM


Quote: Great shot Ade, shame no large version.

Your right I've lost it ,still cant find it in the usual place Ade,pehaps its an E2 only thing Wink

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piccy  8 Wales
8 Feb 2009 - 11:18 PM

Terrific shot, I'd be buzzing too. Any chance of putting some dog food outside the hide to encourage her nearer sooner and saving 4 hours in the cold at this time of the year.
Freda

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SueTurner  1081 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2009 - 11:53 PM

this is absolute stunning Ade - 10 times better than my one - completely jealous of this image - the snow being the icing on the cake - really deserves PA imo - you should be really proud - I would be.

Hope you both got home ok and your scan went ok
Sue

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srqkud  5 South Africa
9 Feb 2009 - 1:54 PM

Stunning.

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bricurtis e2 Member 91911 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 8:02 PM

This a beauty Ade - superbly sharp around the nose and eyes.
Surprised the team have not visited - for what it's worth you can have my User Award.
Brian.

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franfoto
franfoto  7 England32 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 11:26 PM

Wow, what a stunner. Absolutely superb detail, this is wildlife at it's best. Wish I hadn't given my award away for this week but congratulations on all the others.
Hope you have both thawed out by now. Smile
Fran

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9 Feb 2009 - 11:28 PM


Quote: This a beauty Ade - superbly sharp around the nose and eyes.
Surprised the team have not visited - for what it's worth you can have my User Award.
Brian.

Yes I agree, but my award is available so you can have mine too Wink
Geoff.

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Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2009 - 12:33 PM

Thanks very much guys, I don't take too much notice with the EPZ awards and that's well known amongst the staff of EPZ. Probably the reason I don't get that many Smile I was hoping things might change with the new system that has come about, but obviously nothing has changed......Never the less, it's very nice to have recognition from other members, I value these awards much more than EPZ's own. So with this in mind, many thanks to everyone who have passed on their personal awards and kinds comments, they're all very much appreciated.

Ade

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10 Feb 2009 - 9:36 PM

An outstanding image, one to be proud of

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SpiroSpiteri
3 Oct 2010 - 12:51 PM

Patience paid off buddy, what and A-Mazing shot, very jealous!!

Thumbs up all the way from me!

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30 Dec 2011 - 6:45 PM

got to say ade this is a cracking first class shot, not sure how getting closer would have done more.

Ian.

ps if i had an award to give i would have, just to add to the few you have Wink.

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1881  2 India
3 May 2012 - 7:10 PM

Great work.
Regards - SANJEEV

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lostnspace2011
10 May 2012 - 3:44 PM

Simply beautiful Ade.

Mark

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
27 Jun 2012 - 3:31 PM

A very pleasing photo and excellent detail, the grasses set the whole thing off against the patches of snow, nice one, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Wendyp  2 England
13 Jul 2012 - 3:46 PM

Such a beautiful picture of a beautiful animal.

Wendy

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Mike_S
Mike_S  3 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 - 8:57 AM

What a fantastic fox image Ade. Love it.

Mike

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NaTaShe  1
18 Jul 2013 - 2:02 PM

Wow!!! that is a gorgeous photography!!! Grin wonderful JOb!!!

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