Playing In The Wild

I have been lucky on two occasions to be in the right place at the right time when photographing foxes and I did not have to go very far!

The first time was in March when a family of foxes came to the garden. There appeared to be two adults and two juveniles. One of the juveniles seemed a lot younger than the other as it would not stand still for a moment and was trying to chase and play, when all the others wanted to do was to relax in the sunshine.

I watched them for about ten minutes from an upstairs window before grabbing my camera and trying to take some pictures. This was one of my favourites.



(This fox was lying down trying to get some peace, but looked up just before the young juvenile came and pounced on him!)

The second time was in July and although I had seen the family come and go, this day was special. The young juvenile was on it's own and found an old tennis ball in the garden. It started to play by throwing the ball up in the air and trying to catch it...



...then, pouncing on it...



...so, I can only assume it was trying to learn to hunt as I had not seen this behaviour before.

It has been such a privilege to watch them and have provided me with some of my favourite pictures of 2012. I hope to see them again in 2013.