Picture of the Day - "Mother and Child" - June 4, 2017
Had a good couple of days visiting PEI. We both have lots of pictures to go through. We ended up seeing a lot of Red Foxes, some with kits. It was not a matter of keeping our distance so that we did not disturb them, so much as keeping them far enough away so that we could focus on them. Several times, we had one of the foxes come right up close enough that it was inside the focal distance of our lenses. Unfortunately, this was due to people feeding them, even though it is illegal and there are signs up advising not to feed them. We saw them being feed at least 3 times, in the two days. It does lead to good pictures but is very bad for the animals themselves. Please, everyone who reads this or tells anyone about this, tell people not to feed the animals. It is very bad for them.
This shot was taken as we were about to leave the island and came around a corner to see momma fox and 5 kits, just a few feet from the road. We had to stop and take a few shots, of course. Momma fox ended up taking off over the fields, leading several harassing crows off with her. The kits romped around for a few minutes and the slowly worked their way out of sight.
Taken with Canon 70D, Sigma 150-600mm @ 600mm, 1/640 sec, f/6.3 and ISO 2000