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Wild Red Fox

By Ade_Osman    
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

Tags: Wildlife General Fox Close-up and macro Vixen Vulpes vulpes Red fox Wildlife and nature

Voters: shandoor, geoffash26, vickyal and 102 more

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shandoor 13 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 3:22PM
lovely shot wonderfully sharp and lovely colours
vickyal 13 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 3:26PM
Great shot.
geniehawk 15 181 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 3:29PM
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.

JouŠo 17 56 Finland
7 Feb 2009 3:31PM
a beauty, Ade......

PeelNStick 17 4 United States
7 Feb 2009 3:38PM
This is a great shot. I appreciate the effort you put forth to get this good capture.
Well worth freezing for! An excellent photo of this beautiful animal in the snow. LARGE is a must. JNC
Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
7 Feb 2009 3:50PM
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

Phil_Morgan 15 182 1 Wales
7 Feb 2009 3:50PM
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!!

challicew 13 1 1 South Africa
7 Feb 2009 3:54PM
A truly brilliant photograph!
Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
7 Feb 2009 3:57PM
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.

csurry 19 9.2k 92
7 Feb 2009 3:58PM

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


Hey I voted on this, so all's fair Smile
cdm36 18 391 7 England
7 Feb 2009 4:01PM
Worth the sitting in that cold Ade..

Now go get warm Smile

Phil_Morgan 15 182 1 Wales
7 Feb 2009 4:01PM

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

Lol!! Wink
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
7 Feb 2009 4:06PM
Superb capture! well worth the effort and more! KUDOS!
Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
7 Feb 2009 4:07PM

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

Makes a change missus Smile
Wilmot 13 338 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 4:25PM
This was totally worth it! Wonderful image!
motorsportpictures 13 289 23 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 4:33PM
WOW, so good.
jayjay52 13 2 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 5:14PM
A wonderful shot.
KarenFB Plus
15 5.8k 183 England
7 Feb 2009 5:30PM
What a wonderful image, so clear and sharp - is it on the wall yet?! Smile
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 5:39PM
one to be proud of Ade
SurreyHillsMan 14 27 2 England
7 Feb 2009 5:49PM
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

Ray42 13 3 England
7 Feb 2009 5:56PM
Cracking shot - excellent detail and colour - good composition too
Hoffy 17 262 16 England
7 Feb 2009 6:12PM
This is quality, she is beautiful.
7 Feb 2009 6:18PM
Congratulations, beautifully captured.
VinceJones 17 862 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 6:35PM
A real stunner Ade with bags of detail!! Love the eye contact.

Is this the same hide you took me to some time ago?
csurry 19 9.2k 92
7 Feb 2009 6:38PM
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.
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 6:39PM
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
f8 18 9.2k 22 England
7 Feb 2009 6:50PM
Great shot Ade, shame no large version.
ZenTog 20 7.9k 1 England
7 Feb 2009 7:02PM
brill ade love the crispness
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
7 Feb 2009 7:14PM
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.
7 Feb 2009 8:14PM
Great image, great setting, great work
49er 15 564
7 Feb 2009 8:46PM
lovely shot.
fatmod 15 22 England
7 Feb 2009 8:50PM
an awesome shot im so jealous
Karrol 13 29 England
7 Feb 2009 9:02PM
That is one awesome shot - perfect in every respect!
Misty56 13 22 1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2009 12:30AM
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,
Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
8 Feb 2009 1:14AM
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
ValSaxby 16 146 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2009 8:12AM
A stunner Ade, this really was worth the wait in the hide well done, and yes it gets my award,

chase Plus
16 2.3k 598 England
8 Feb 2009 8:18AM
A beauty Ade,now all you have to do is get warm & sort yer back out !
Rob_Taylor 17 661 5 Wales
8 Feb 2009 8:46AM
A fabulous photo of a beautiful animal Ade, must have been great just to be there, the photo is a bonus!!

TerryMcK 13 72 2 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2009 7:06PM
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.
f8 18 9.2k 22 England
8 Feb 2009 8:41PM

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
piccy 15 8 Wales
8 Feb 2009 11:18PM
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.
SueTurner 17 81 3 England
8 Feb 2009 11:53PM
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
srqkud 13 South Africa
9 Feb 2009 1:54PM
bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 51 England
9 Feb 2009 8:02PM
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.
franfoto 14 2 32 England
9 Feb 2009 11:26PM
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
FeatherFriend 14 38 217 England
9 Feb 2009 11:28PM

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.

Yes I agree, but my award is available so you can have mine too Wink
Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
10 Feb 2009 12:33PM
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.

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
10 Feb 2009 9:36PM
An outstanding image, one to be proud of
SpiroSpiteri 11 1 2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2010 12:51PM
Patience paid off buddy, what and A-Mazing shot, very jealous!!

Thumbs up all the way from me!
ianrobinson 12 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2011 6:45PM
got to say ade this is a cracking first class shot, not sure how getting closer would have done more.


ps if i had an award to give i would have, just to add to the few you have Wink.
1881 9 India
3 May 2012 7:10PM
Great work.
Regards - SANJEEV
10 May 2012 3:44PM
Simply beautiful Ade.

Tibetan 9 3 England
27 Jun 2012 3:31PM
A very pleasing photo and excellent detail, the grasses set the whole thing off against the patches of snow, nice one, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrin
Wendyp 9 4 England
13 Jul 2012 3:46PM
Such a beautiful picture of a beautiful animal.

Mike_S 10 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 8:57AM
What a fantastic fox image Ade. Love it.

NaTaShe 8 2
18 Jul 2013 2:02PM
Wow!!! that is a gorgeous photography!!! Grin wonderful JOb!!!

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