Leaping Fox


I’m just back from my first ever visit to Yellowstone National Park down in the US. I was fortunate to be able to photograph a lot of wildlife whilst I was down there, including many ‘firsts’ and in a winter environment too. One of the events I could just watch over and over again was coyotes and foxes ‘mousing’. Here in these two early morning pictures you can see a Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) mid-air and then (below) planted headfirst and fore-leg deep as it dived in to the snow in its attempts to catch a mouse beneath the snow. More often than not they were unsuccessful, but that didn’t stop them from trying. During my time there I saw foxes carry this out several times, but only once did they catch anything. Lots more from Yellowstone to come.


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