In the middle of the afternoon we were preparing some meat for dinner. I put the meat trimmings outside, expecting the Magpies to come for them, as they usually do. About half an hour later, I see a fox strolling casually past the window, bold as brass, on his way to pick up a snack... I grab the camera, by which time the fox is disappearing round the side of the house. A quick exit from the front door reveals the stern end of a fox rapidly retreating down the road...
I give chase, camera in hand... The fox moves across to the other side of the road and blithely begins to devour his meal, about 5 metres from where I stand.
I move closer, and he reluctantly retreats.
As I get within a few paces of him, the fox ducks through a gap in the fence of a neighbour's garden, and is lost to view.
At this point I give up and go back indoors to upload my photos (most of which were hopelessly blurry of course).
Ten minutes later Mr.Fox returns for second helpings, and I snap off several more photos in the failing light.
So, what do I do now? The foxes are so brazen that they will quite happily come prowling around my garden in broad daylight. What chance do I have of persuading them to avoid my garden? I think perhaps my best plan is to keep putting out scraps, in the hope that the foxes will be so well fed that they won't want / need to dig up my garden in the search of worms.
By the way, what do you think of the Red-eye Reduction feature I have used in the last photo? It seems to simply put a black dot in place of the shiny eye. Hardly sophisticated! I am very conscious that none of my photos of the fox are of good quality. I was just too excited to concentrate on getting the settings right, and the last ones were taken when it was almost dark, so using a very slow shutter speed. Ho Hum, I must remind myself that I'm not a wildlife photographer. Photographing veg is easier - they don't move.