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Bringing home the bacon. Um, no. Bringing home the bird.

This was my second run-in with this foxy lady over a span of two weeks. This time however, this Red Fox vixen wasn’t begging for food from folks driving along the road. She in fact had proven that she can hunt on her own and managed to catch herself a nice little feathery meal. I for one would prefer bacon, but I guess beggars can’t be choosers. 😉

A Red Fox vixen returns to her den with a bird in its mouth.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red Fox vixen returns to her den with a bird in its mouth. (© Tony’s Takes)

A very naughty fox

Coming down Mount Evans, Colorado I came across this foxy lady. She was going down the middle of the road and when cars would slow, she would walk right up to them. It was clear she had learned some bad habits about begging for food and the tourists were probably all too happy to oblige. There was a house right around the corner so it could be the locals are feeding the problem as well. I didn’t feed her of course but I did take advantage of the photo op.

Please, don’t ever feed wildlife, no matter how much they beg or how much you think it looks like they might need it. You are endangering them and habituating them to going to humans for their basic needs.

A Red Fox vixen gives a hungry stare on the road to Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red Fox vixen gives a hungry stare on the road to Mount Evans, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Red Fox kits out looking for trouble

Having antagonized one of their siblings so bad it went down into the den to escape, these two sought out looking for a new target. They never did find anything but had a lot of fun walking around and exploring the big, new world around their home.

I have to say that Fox kits are undoubtedly the cutest animal I have ever photographed. My goodness. Look at those two and those eyes!

While they aren’t seen often, Red Foxes are quite common across the entire Northern Hemisphere from near the equator to the Arctic Circle. They are extremely adaptable and able to coexist in areas with large human populations.

A pair of Red Fox kits explores their new world in Weld County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Red Fox kits explores their new world in Weld County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Springtime means playtime for Fox kits

These two cuties provided me with a couple of hours of entertainment last weekend. They were quite content to relax and soak up the early morning sun most of the time but every now and then, they just couldn’t resist some playtime. They would run around, pounce on each other, nip and tackle. Only one other time have I photographed Fox kits so this was a rare and very fun encounter.

I am hearing that the mother has apparently moved the den and six kits to an unknown spot so my time with them may already be over. I was really hoping to get more chances to photograph them. Anyone know of any Fox dens in northern Colorado and care to share the location? 😉

A pair of Fox kits at play on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Fox kits at play on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Fox kits at play on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Fox kits at play on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Fox kits at play on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A pair of Fox kits at play on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Love is hanging out with Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there – four legged and two legged.

A tip from a fellow shutterbug led me to this beautiful Red Fox vixen and her den this week. She apparently has six kits so is very busy keeping them fed. I made two visits over the last couple of days and have never seen more than three of the young ones at once but apparently she is splitting them between two dens, a wise move to keep them safe.

A Red Fox vixen and her kit on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red Fox vixen and her kit on the Colorado plains. (© Tony’s Takes)

One for National Puppy Day

I can’t say I have ever heard of “National Puppy Day” but I guess that is what it is. I don’t have many pics of pups beyond my own dogs so dug into the archives for this one. I reckon it also works for #TBT as it was taken in early May of last year. This cutie Red Fox and its litter-mates were playing in a suburban front yard and my friend was kind enough to let me know so I rushed over. The sun was already below the horizon so light was dim but I managed a few okay captures including this one. So darned cute!

A Red Fox kit watches its brothers and sisters play in a suburban yard. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red Fox kit watches its brothers and sisters play in a suburban yard. (© Tony’s Takes)

A very focused Fox

Reaching back to last March for this image in what had to have been one of my favorite wildlife encounters of 2016. This handsome creature was relaxing in a friend’s backyard and he was kind enough to invite me over for a photo session with it.

For 20 minutes or so the two of us snapped away with the Fox giving us an amazing variety of poses, all the while not really caring that we were right there by it. Red Foxes aren’t really all that rare but it is rare to see them, let alone get this kind of quality time with one. Just an amazing encounter.

This pic and some others of this fox are available here.

A Red Fox stares toward the photographer. Taken in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red Fox stares toward the photographer. Taken in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Red Fox relaxes in suburbia

One for #ThrowbackThursday. This gorgeous fox was hanging out in a friend’s backyard at the end of March. It was quite tolerant of our presence and we captured tons of images of it as it relaxed on an early spring day. A little more than a month after this picture was taken, fox kits made their appearance in the neighborhood showing that the adult and its mate were quite successful in continuing their bloodlines.

Red Foxes are quite common across the entire Northern Hemisphere from near the equator to the Arctic Circle. They are extremely adaptable and able to coexist in areas with large human populations.

A Red Fox relaxes in a suburban backyard in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Red Fox relaxes in a suburban backyard in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

One of the cutest creatures you could ever hope to see!

One of the cutest creatures you could ever hope to see! An image of the fox kits I was able to spend some all-to-brief time with last month. You need this image! 😉 ?

Fox Kit Hangs Out In SuburbiaA Red Fox kit hangs out in a planter in front of a suburban home in Thornton, Colorado. While they aren’t seen often, Red Foxes are quite common across the entire Northern Hemisphere from near the equator to the Arctic Circle. As shown here, they are extremely adaptable and able to coexist in areas with large human populations.

Fox kits have a tender moment

After having a blast beating up on each other, these two took a break and showed there were no hard feelings. wink emoticon Taken last week in Thornton, Colorado? where their parents have made a suburban neighborhood their home.

The dim lighting meant slow shutter speeds and high ISOs and thus grainy pictures but, nevertheless, I am absolutely ecstatic to have been able to witness the little ones! Special thanks to my friend, Patrick, for letting me know about this fun find!

Fox kits settle down and have a tender moment in Thornton, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Fox kits settle down and have a tender moment in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fox kits settle down and have a tender moment in Thornton, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Fox kits settle down and have a tender moment in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fox kits settle down and have a tender moment in Thornton, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Fox kits settle down and have a tender moment in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)