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Laurent Geslin – Urban Foxes, London, UK II

July 21st, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized, Western Europe

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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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  1. 9 Responses to “Laurent Geslin – Urban Foxes, London, UK II”

  2. By Bridget Wijnberg on Jul 21, 2009

    Wow!

    I just love this story Laurent! Thank you.. Incredible to follow the alarm calls in the middle of the city wilderness!

  3. By Johan on Jul 21, 2009

    Laurent,
    Great shots as always !!! Especially the second one.
    Keep up the good work

    Johan

  4. By Ricardo on Jul 21, 2009

    Great story,.. just like in an exotic location,.. I LOVE that,.. let’s hope these feelings spread to the rest of the human population and terms like “vermin” start being replaced by something more positive. And if people start realizing once and for all the extraordinary nature that still lingers (by a thread) in our old and urbanized Europe!

    Great photos!!! Great urban wilderness moments!

    Ricardo

  5. By Lóki Csaba on Jul 22, 2009

    :) nice shots again!!!

  6. By Marion on Jul 22, 2009

    L’exotisme est plus proche qu’on ne le croit … Un admirable travail qui montre que la beauté et la richesse de la nature ne dépendent pas du lieu, mais bien de notre capacité à regarder et à s’étonner . Merci de nous apprendre à réajuster notre focale…

  7. By Rolf Steinmann on Jul 23, 2009

    It is very fascinating when photographers show the reality of today’s wildlife in such a beautiful way without serving clichés.

  8. By Nicky on Jul 23, 2009

    What wonderful pictures! Thank you. It has inspired me to take out my camera to photograph the foxes that regularly visit my street in central London.

  9. By Kathleen Simmons on Mar 9, 2010

    Nature is wonderful. The world needs more people like you willing to observe, take notes and wonder at what you see. Thank you.

  10. By Luke whittemore on Jun 8, 2010

    I have a copy of your 2006 ranger rick
    magazine on london foxes. The fox is my
    favorite animal and your photos have
    made me want to know more about you
    and your pictures and about foxes.

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