Fox Kits Nursing

Posted by drewkleine on Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:34 am

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IIThis female fox is a mother of 8 kits, though they're so piled in there it's tough to see. I've had the privileged of being able to photograph this family for about a week now. This is the first time I've seen her bring all 8 out to nurse in the open. With the den being in very dense cover I get small windows to frame clear shots. I like the feel of intimacy because of this, especially during a motherly moment like nursing. It's been so much fun to sit for hours and get glimpses here and there into their world. 

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by Robert Ferguson on Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:47 am
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Wonderful! - experiencing moments like this is what nature appreciation is all about! She looks like such a proud parent in this image, well done!
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by david fletcher on Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:46 pm
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Like this Drew. It says so many things in one frame. The cover and foliage add to the story telling in this image.
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by Cynthia Crawford on Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:21 pm
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Oh, my- so lovely. The environment is perfect for the subject (s). Love the little one in front, looking up at Momma. That part, as a crop, would also work well, but I DO like to see the family nursing too. I've never heard of 8 kits!! I hope Dad is providing well. I hope you get some more takes on them too.
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by Carol Clarke on Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:19 pm
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A lovely natural peep into their world at this intimate moment, Drew. Well worth a click for the uncompressed view to fully appreciate the suckling behaviour. What makes your image special for me, is the expression on the vixen's face. Priceless! Well done.

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by Dan Kearl on Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:51 pm
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What a treat! Excellent behavioral image, nice color.
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by John Spreitzer on Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:33 am
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Wonderful, intimate view of this vixen’s world!

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