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Taken on Christmas Morning (in brilliant sunlight!) - one of the wild foxes that frequent our fields. Taken from our open bedroom window. I have a sequence showing him locating, pouncing on and devouring a rat, but too far away and not good enough to upload.
Settings: F/5.6 1/2500sec ISO800 AV@420mm handheld. Please view large if you have time.

Thank you so much for your C&Cs on my Robin upload - very much appreciated as always.

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Canon 300mm F4L IS + 1.4x TC
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Born Free
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:8 Jan 2011 - 12:11 AM
Tags:Bold, Christmas, Close-up / macro, Day, Fox, General, Hunting, Mammal, Predator, Vulpes vulpes, Wild, Wildlife / nature
Votes:68
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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 12:12 AM

Beautiful capture.Well done.

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JPatrickM
JPatrickM  7 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 12:15 AM

Excellent work.
Patrick

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pks
pks  10 England
8 Jan 2011 - 12:15 AM

wow!!!!

peter

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fvg
fvg  5 Argentina
8 Jan 2011 - 12:23 AM

wonderful shot!

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SueTurner
SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 12:23 AM

a lovely natural shot with gorgeous light, shame about the ones that were too far away

Sue

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 12:25 AM

a gret shot ,spot on detail,and colour.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 12:42 AM

What a delightfully composed shot, the tree and grasses forming such a natural frame for the fox: and with the snowy b/g, the animal stands out so well. The lighting and colours could not be better, and the detail is excellent. A truly perfect shot IMHO, Sylvia.
Ronnie.

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 2:11 AM

Excellent shot...LEx

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Tina_Michelle

so pretty! love it!

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Daisymaye
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8 Jan 2011 - 3:08 AM

A lovely looking fox. Beautiful capture.............Sandy

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7130 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 5:54 AM


Quote: What a delightfully composed shot, the tree and grasses forming such a natural frame for the fox: and with the snowy b/g, the animal stands out so well. The lighting and colours could not be better, and the detail is excellent. A truly perfect shot IMHO, Sylvia.
Ronnie.

My thoughts entirely, Sylvia. Carol

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84292 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 7:16 AM

This is a gorgeous image. What a beautiful specimen - it has a very angular face (real foxy instead of dog like!).


Quote: not good enough to upload

I'd love to see the series - could you perhaps upload them as 'variants'? Smile (please) Smile

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andy210966
8 Jan 2011 - 7:23 AM

Fantastic!!

Andy

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JackieB
JackieB  4 United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 8:04 AM

Excellent capture...well done

Jackie

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 8:29 AM

Really like the use of the tree as a natural border and the turn of head Sylvia. Great detail and vibrant light
Great capture
Richard

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 8:31 AM


Quote: Really like the use of the tree as a natural border and the turn of head Sylvia. Great detail and vibrant light
Great capture
Richard

I quite agree - close isnt always best - in this case a really delightful and lovely shot with the lighting and the natural surroundings - a top quality shot

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 9:30 AM

Beautiful shot Sylvia.The lighting on the tree shows some marvellous texture and detail. Its also apparent that this is a wild animal from the cautious stance and attitude it strikes. different somehow from a captive beast.
Ron

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 9:37 AM

What a wonderful shot Sylvia, a great memory of Christmas morning as well, combined with the snow and sunshine on the very well titled image.Top class shot!
Lillian

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
8 Jan 2011 - 10:14 AM

Absolutely perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please accept my humble UA for such a fantastic image.

JNC

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MalcolmM
MalcolmM e2 Member 932 forum postsMalcolmM vcard Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 10:39 AM

Superb shot of a wild fox, beautifully framed by tree & f/g. Exellent.

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DaveBartlett
8 Jan 2011 - 10:49 AM

Super light and pose Sylvia. Better than the wall I can see out of my bedroom window!

Dave

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 10:54 AM

Thank you all so much for your kind comments and votes, with a special THANK YOU toJNC (JeanNoelC) for the User Award - all very much appreciated.
I have uploaded a burst series of 6 images (basically record shots) showing the Fox pouncing on a rat. These have been cropped in synchronisation in order to preserve the movement when "mousing over" and it does actually seem to work. Hope you enjoy the sequence.
Sylvia

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VidB
VidB  5 United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 11:08 AM

Superb light bringing out the detail and colour on the Fox, it must be good to have these beautiful animals on your doorstep, good to see the images of him on the hunt for food.
Dave

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
8 Jan 2011 - 11:14 AM

Hi Sylvia thisi is a stunning set of shots, its fascinating just to watch them hunting regards gray.

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
8 Jan 2011 - 11:22 AM

V1 is a superb 'portrait' - the series a fine documentary group, first class.
Pat

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 12:22 PM

So glad I 'popped back' what a truely wonderful set and the movement Sylvia is great and what a tail! (sorry brush,) the action you captured is outstanding
Lillian

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Karen_Summers
Karen_Summers e2 Member 5Karen_Summers vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 1:22 PM

wow Sylvia what a great sight to have seen on a snowy xmas morning lovely shots and the first one is a stunner

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 1:49 PM

Well done Sylvia. I have just revisited your site and I think the variations are superb. I cant imagine how you ever thought they were not good enough to upload in the first instance.
Excellent.
Ron

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naturalywild
8 Jan 2011 - 3:23 PM

nice shot

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7d  3 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2011 - 3:33 PM

Amazing shot.
Shaun.

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Tom10
Tom10  5
8 Jan 2011 - 5:58 PM

Brilliant amazing capture. love the framing of the image. And get details! lovely fox!

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95919 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 6:48 PM

A fine touch of light, makes this shot Sylvia.

The "hunting" images are a pleasure to view too

Adrian

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84292 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 7:52 PM

Thank you for putting on the variants! Grin What a treat, I've really enjoyed watching the hunt! Smile

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 7:55 PM

This is excellent nature photography Sylvia, very well captured indeed.
David

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2011 - 8:16 PM

excellent set of course I like the main picture but 3 and 4 are magical

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Glostopcat
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8 Jan 2011 - 8:52 PM

A cracking set of images Sylvia, the action shots are great fun to view using the mouseover

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vandalp
vandalp  6
8 Jan 2011 - 9:11 PM

Brillant set of pic's Sylvia, how lovely that you get to see them in your field.
Vanda

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2011 - 11:58 AM

A superb series showing the natural hunting so well Sylvia. The prey looks to be a weasel from the arched back

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2011 - 1:48 PM

The lead shot is very nice and it's good to see the hunting sequence, too. #3, in particular, reminds me of a sequence of a fox hunting in the snow, in the BBC's documentary series on Yellowstone from a couple of years ago.

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brownsilent
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9 Jan 2011 - 5:34 PM

Fantastic!
Johanna

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Ruthannette
Ruthannette e2 Member 7Ruthannette vcard England
9 Jan 2011 - 6:50 PM

How lucky you are to see foxes so close to your home. A really magnificent set Sylvia.

Ruth

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9 Jan 2011 - 6:54 PM

V1 SUPERB Sylvia Smile

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jan 2011 - 8:32 PM

Great action shots - v3 and v4 for me
Helen

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10 Jan 2011 - 12:07 AM

fantastic set.... Smile

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2011 - 8:38 PM

Finally had time to visit these shots and so pleased I did - a lovely series of shots showing the superb hunting skills of these animals exceptionately well inspite of the distance - well done on a super series - Ina

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13 Jan 2011 - 12:36 PM

Superb set of images Sylvia - wonderful viewing.

Mike

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