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Old December 7th, 2007, 02:15 PM   #1
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Fox cubs - (From earlier this year)

Hi guys
Thought I'd post up this sequence I shot earlier this year. As you can see I was able to get pretty close to these guys and they were a lot of fun!

Enjoy :)

http://www.uwolchallenge.com/mat/foxcubs.mov
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Old December 7th, 2007, 04:42 PM   #2
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would love to see it Matt but nothing happens when i try to watch it
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Old December 7th, 2007, 05:37 PM   #3
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Great shots Mat, what time of day did you take this footage
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Old December 7th, 2007, 06:35 PM   #4
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Very nice shots of playing Fox cubs, Mat.
Bright and clear colours.

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Old December 7th, 2007, 07:15 PM   #5
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Mat, those were great. How did you manage to get so close. Did mama come looking for them. Again, great shots. Bob
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Old December 7th, 2007, 10:11 PM   #6
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Ron: It was at about 6 pm and about an hour before dark. I think the XL2 is better in low light than people give it credit for!

Bob:I was hoping she would but she didn't show up. Maybe this year I'll get her! These shots are virtue of some inside information at a local school.

Maybe this year I'll get the whole family!
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Old December 8th, 2007, 02:01 AM   #7
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Mat,
some nice foxcubs you got there! Liked the way you could film without seeming to disturb them although you can see that they are watching you.
The fox has become more and more an urban animal, so the park surroundig did not degrade my impression of this, even though I could want it in more woodland area!
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Old December 8th, 2007, 04:18 AM   #8
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Hi Mat,

Lovely shots of the fox cubs - they always put a smile on my face. The fox is definitely one of my favourite animals - 2000 years of human persecution, and yet they still adapt and survive - even under our noses.

Great to see them and they looked very healthy - thanks for sharing.

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Old December 9th, 2007, 07:44 PM   #9
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Matt,

Very good light and action here. One nit I have is your tripod head seems to be locked down too much. When the foxes are tilting their head up and down, they go out of frame too much and following them with a slightly loosened head may be a better choice.

OTOH, some shots have got a wee bit too much vibration and that may be due to the long focal length that you might be shooting with.

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Old December 10th, 2007, 08:47 AM   #10
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Matt,

Nice footage of the vixens!!


I particularly liked the footage of the one digging up grubs! Foxes eat a lot of things and oftentimes get a bad rap. I have been looking for a den for the last couple years. Up here most foxes are killed and eaten by the vast number of coyotes!!
some years back the game department released swift foxes here. Myself and a friend did the telemetry work to locate them, all but one were found inside a coyote den.
Keep up the shooting of them!!! really nice footage!!
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Old December 11th, 2007, 06:49 PM   #11
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Hey guys. Many thanks for your responses.

Yeo wee han - Thanks for the critiques, the vibration were why the shots were locked down so much. I have since aquired a hefty tripod head and I'm now looking for a support - I think things should be considerably better at the long end of things with the new rig!

Dale: Yeah the digging footage is nice I like the way they stamp first, looks similar to what Polar bears do when they are breaking through into snow holes for seals!

Per: Well spotted, I think you can see they have a eye on me although they really weren't bothered at all by my presence as long as I stayed fairly still.

Peter: They certainly looked healthy and hopefully mum will go back to a similar place and bring up another family this year. If I can get there a bit earlier when they are small I'd imagine she'd be making more regular visits.
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Hi Mat,

You made a great film.
Hope your new tripod will let you follow them a bit more instead of just having to lock down the tripod. It would have improved your film a little.

Thank you for sharing!
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