A Visit To The Fox Den

I was invited back this year to the local fox den that I visited and wrote about last spring. This year I was able to make 4 trips to see the family. Last year I counted 6 kits and 2 adults. This year I saw 5 kits, 2 adults and at least 1 teenager that may have been from last year’s litter. The foxes weren’t as cooperative as they were last year. I think I picked the perfect day last year as this year all 4 of my visits added up didn’t equal what I captured in 1 visit last year. Click the images to view larger.

My visit visit resulted in no foxes whatsoever. No sightings, no photos … nothing. Such is the life of the wildlife photographer. You never know what you’re going to find, but if you don’t go and try, you’ll certainly come back with nothing.

The foxes have several dens in the area, so you never know which one they will be in. When I saw my first kit this year, I was focused on the wrong den. I had to quickly reorient myself in order to get some images.

Red Fox Kit - Fox Den
Red Fox Kit

Being in a blind, you can’t really get up and move around without the foxes noticing you. You have to stay very quiet and relatively still or the kits will scamper back into the den and may or may not come back out. So I sat and waited until the rest of the family began to emerge. Do you know how difficult it is to get 3 little foxes to all look the same direction at the same time?

Red Fox Kits - Fox Den
Red Fox Kits

After a while, a pair of the kits started to get a little frisky. That’s gotta smart!

Play Time - Fox Den
Play Time

They both discovered the wonder of their sibling’s tail at the same time.

Who Has Who? - Fox Den
Who Has Who?

That afternoon, I went back and got there just before they woke up from their afternoon nap. They were still in the same den, but the afternoon light was much better for photography. They were still trying to determine the winner of the morning’s skirmishes.

Playtime Continues - Fox Den
Playtime Continues

This is the best shot I got of most of the kits. There is always one that won’t cooperate for the photographer.

Red Fox Kits - Fox Den
Red Fox Kits

Here’s a short video of the kits after they woke up from their afternoon nap. I think there may have been a few fleas in the den.

Red Fox Kits from Michael Libbe on Vimeo.

I had 1 more opportunity to visit the foxes after this afternoon visit, but I only saw 1 kit that visit. It seemed that they had some additional dens farther away where they were spending more time this year. I hope I get the opportunity to visit them again next year. They are a joy to watch and photograph.


  • Debbie Tubridy

    June 23, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Adorable! I know how hard it is to get them to “perform” … LOL.
    I think that you did a great job under the circumstances. Wish I could see them 🙂

  • Jess Yarnell

    June 24, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    So cute! These shots are totally worth the hot time in the blind. I’m glad you had this opportunity!

  • Uncle Don

    June 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Really nice shots. We have one here (FOX) but it is scarce. I photo them on my game camera next door in the vacant lot. Coyotes, Havalinas (sp),Elk,, ect. Not good phot’s like yours. We enjoyed your other bird photos last week. I just returned from my boat trip down the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee & Tom Bigby rivers to Mobile. Then to New Orleans, and home, 17 day trip that was GREAT.