Finally “my” vixen is now comfortable enough with my presence to let one of the cubs to come out. She has two cubs and they are already fairly big. One is very shy and I only photographed him once when he was too busy to suckle his mum.
The other one is the opposite - very curious and approaches less than a metre away. He comes out early morning and late afternoon. I saw the dog fox one evening, the female came to greet him very briefly.
I keep following the vixen every evening after she has fed the cubs; it is a good opportunity to photograph her behaving naturally. It is funny how this mission reminds me of trips in more exotic countries: I often loose her so I listen to the “alarm calls” of the urban jungle. Like in India for the tiger or in Etosha for the leopard… Magpie, carrion crow or grey squirrel are like langurs, spotted deer or like baboons and impalas - they are my best spotters to find her and lead me directly to my roaming “super-predator”.
Urban foxes are usually seen as scavengers, feeding mainly on scraps or leftovers in rubbish bins, but in my experience I have often seen foxes specialized in hunting squirrels, wood pigeons or ducks. Nearby is a waterway where “my” vixen seems to hang around very often and she has definitely not forgotten her hunting skill; I saw her bringing back to the den : 2 cormorants, 1 mallard duck, 1 moorhen, 1 grey squirrel and 1 eel (???).
Once, she tried her luck with Canadian geese chicks, but this time she didn’t stand a chance as one of the parents chased her rapidly…
As soon as she approaches the area where the den is, the bold cub comes and begs for food. I often see him playing with a feather of the last prey, jumping and running all over the place, then rushing for cover when a crow is passing by. It is such a privilege to be in the middle of London, with traffic jam, people running, stressing, arguing - and me, being here with “my” vixen to witness truly Wild Wonders’ moments…
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