Fox, our Garden, Horsham, West Sussex by David Oldham

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We have lived in our house for over 20 years and have always been aware of foxes in our street and occasionally in our garden. However, as is often the case, I had spent much more time and effort on photographing wildlife subjects away from the home and on travels in the UK and overseas. The covid lockdowns changed all that and forced me to look at projects closer to home, which led me to concentrate on local foxes and badgers in the local woods. I started photographing the foxes in April as the evenings lasted longer and the sun rose earlier in the mornings. I was spending mornings and evenings under a throw over hide either in the kitchen or at a couple of vantage points in the garden and it took some time to be able to produce some decent photos, but eventually several foxes became regular visitors, including three fox cubs which appeared at the end of May. We have one lovely yellow Rose of Sharon bush in the garden, which is in full flower for 2-3 weeks in June and I'd been planning this particular shot for some time before it all came together as planned.

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