foxed in the woods

July 4, 2010 · 2 comments

in Mammals and Marsupials

Red Fox   |   Mesmerising Moments

I am in the woods. Bluebells carpet the coppiced sweet chestnut groves, the path a thin dark line between them.

I step softly, quietly on the earth and am suddenly entranced by the vibrant flash of red wings alighting on the path by my feet.

I stand and stare, for a minute or more – the silent trees guardians, watching over the meeting.

The undergrowth rustles, a hare springs from the bluebells and races deeper into the woods. A fox, twenty metres away, rises. He hasn’t seen me.

I am invisible. I am invisible. I am invisible.

He turns slowly looking in my direction. Unconcerned, he leaves the shelter of the trees to stand before me on the path. Red fur glints in the dappled light. Graceful muscles move lithly beneath skin as he walks calmly away.

Find out more about the distribution and habits of red foxes on the Wildlifeonline website.

Photo credit: Garden Wildlife

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Amy October 20, 2010 at 20:14

this is beautiful

wildelycreative November 12, 2010 at 10:19

Thanks Amy. It happened in woodland in Kent. I was breathless with excitement!

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