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Photographing A Red Fox Den

Pre-dawn, I was set up and ready to photograph a local red fox den that I recently discovered. As the sun was coming up and providing excellent frontal lighting for this red fox family, I started to see the movement and stirring of several kits or pups, whichever name you prefer to call the red fox babies. In total I saw 7 pups out frolicking around in the grass with each other or getting some nursing from their mother.

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen nursing pups at dawn in the spring in Hampton, Virginia.
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen nursing pups at dawn in the spring.

From what I could tell these pups were probably born sometime last month and most likely just came out of their den recently as none of the pups left the den area. As these pups become more accustom to their area outside the den, I am sure they will start exploring further away from their den.

This fox den is situated perfectly for frontal lighting for morning photography. In the last couple of weeks, I have been out to this location at both the morning and late evening. There has been a lot of activity with the whole fox family. I have seen all 7 fox pups and both adults on each visit to this particular location. Across from the den is an open field which allows for some good hunting for the foxes. The den is also located in high ground near some water.

Red fox vixen, dog and a couple of their pups at their den entrance in the ground.

Like with all my wildlife and bird photography, I like to get as low as possible to the ground to photograph subjects at eye level, and there is no exception with photographing this red fox family. Being low to the ground and at eye-level allows for much more intimate images of the foxes. I will normally sit down on my little photo stool behind my tripod with my camera and long lens mounted with my tripod low to the ground, and depending on the location of the foxes, I may also lay flat on the ground handholding my camera and lens. 

Red fox vixen and pup nose to nose at sunset in Hampton, Virginia.
Red fox vixen and pup sharing a loving moment at sunset.

Foxes likes to return to the same den each year to have and raise their pups until it is time for the pups to venture out on their own. Now that I know of this particular den, I plan to spend a lot of time photographing and observing their behaviors this spring and summer and, hopefully, in future years as well when the red foxes return to this den area each year.

Before learning of this red fox den, I did not know too much about red foxes as I have not photographed them before. However, to be better able to take some fabulous photographs of the foxes, I have now been reading a lot about red foxes to help me understand them and      be able to anticipate their behaviors so that I can document these fox behaviors as well with my camera.

I have had so much fun, so far, photographing this red fox family at their den. The fox pups are just so adorable and so entertaining to watch and photograph. I look forward to continue photographing and observing the behaviors of these red foxes in the future. So, you may see more red fox blog posts this spring and summer.

Red fox pup walking along the edge of grass near its den in the late evening at Hampton, Virginia.
Red fox pup walking along the edge of grass near its den in the late evening.

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Let’s protect our wildlife and nature!

Lori

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This Is Save The Seabirds Week Held By Audubon

April 12-16, 2021 is Audubon’s 2021 Virtual Seabird Fly-In to help Save the Seabirds.

“Globally, seabird populations have declined by a staggering 70 percent since the 1950s. That percentage decrease equates to a loss of about 230 million birds in over 60 years. Ocean warming is changing their food, migrations, and habitat, while pollution, coastline development, and other factors are making it harder for these birds to survive”. 

We need to take action to Save the Seabirds this week and every week. Please contact your local members of Congress and urge them to support laws and policies that protect seabirds from threats such as overfishing and climate change.

I know this Save the Seabird Week is almost over but Audubon is urging folks to use the hashtag #SaveTheSeabirds in any of your posts during this virtual week of Seabird Action.

Lets take action to #SaveTheSeabirds!

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Let’s protect our wildlife and nature!

Lori

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GROUNDBREAKING REGULATIONS FOR “INCIDENTAL TAKE” PASSED BY VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE RESOURCES

Virginia’s Department of Wildlife Resources board passed regulations on March 18, 2021 that will help to protect Virginia’s migratory birds from “incidental take” from human activities regarding unintentional harm or mortality.

This ground breaking regulation is in to the response of the reinterpretation of the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) from the US Department of Interior in December 2017. That reinterpretation stated the MBTA does not prohibit “incidental take”. This change in 2017 did not allow protection for incidental harm or mortality to migratory birds as it was ruled not punishable.

Virginia is the first state to pass this type of regulation to help protect migratory birds from “incidental take”. This is terrific news for Virginia’s migratory birds.  

Meanwhile, the US Department of Interior is taking steps to reverse their position on their interpretation of the “incidental “take” protection for migratory birds.

Here is the link for Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources from their website regarding this new regulation.

Here is a link for an article about this new regulation for migratory bird by Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources:

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Let’s protect our wildlife and nature!

Lori

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Welcome to My Field Notes Blog

By Lori A Cash

Welcome to my Field Notes blog where I will share wildlife and nature conservation field notes of my experiences in the field, conservation information and news, conservation articles, updates on my conservation photography projects and how readers can help to protect our natural world.

I have been photographing wildlife and nature for over 30 years but recently have joined the world of wildlife and nature conservation photography. I have always have had the motto of wanting to share my photography vision of the natural world with others in hopes that others would learn to appreciate the natural world. So, I have always been a conservationist photographer in my heart. As an individual I have always been a conservationist.

A brown pelican stretching gular pouch on a post at sunrise on a winter morning in Mill Creek at Phoebus Waterfront Park in Hampton, Virginia.

One of the reasons I am joining the conservation photography field is so that I can also combine my writing with my photography so I can share visual stories of wildlife and nature that I photograph. I especially love birds and have a special interest in waterbirds. I want to share my experiences with these magnificent creatures in the hope of inspiring others to take action to protect these beautiful birds and their environment.

I live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and lately have mainly focused on photographing the wildlife and nature of this costal Virginia area. My conservation photography will focus mainly on the Hampton Roads of Virginia area, but on this blog, I will also share information, articles, and various other ways that we can protect all our world’s wonderful wildlife creatures as well as our beautiful world.

A crab boat with gulls and pelicans around the boat at sunrise in the Chesapeake Bay off the Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Virginia.

I am not new to blogging as I have been sharing my journey with my wildlife and nature photography on my other website at Lori A Cash Photography. I will continue to post on both blogs with my Field Notes blog concentrating just on my conservation photography.

I want to use my photography to advocate and support conservation awareness and action to protect our wildlife and our natural world.

I hope you will follow my Field Notes blog as I share my journey into the field of conservation photography. I hope to inspire and educate readers on how to get involved and to take action to protect our natural world.

An adult and an immature brown pelicans resting on posts in Mill Creek in Hampton, Virginia.

In addition to my Field Notes blog, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thank you for reading my blog and hope you will share this with others.  

Let’s protect our wildlife and nature!

Lori

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