Stress positions and fox photography.
1st April 2012: Whether I manage to get images of a marsh fox depends on who sees who first. If the fox sees me first, or gets my scent, then it is unlikely that I will see a fox to photograph. When I see the fox first and manage to get my camera to my eye, and with the wind being in the right direction, it is unlikely that the fox will see me. This is what happened this evening. I was in a shady corner of the north pasture when I saw the fox crawl under the lagoon field fence. I immediately got down on one knee and my camera to my eye whilst its head was turned away from me. The fox began working an area of field directly in front of me.
I managed to stay still and keep the camera steady, whilst wondering why on earth I had gotten down on one knee I don’t normally get down on one knee to photograph foxes. The fox took its time to wander closer to me; I knew there was every chance that it could decide to move away at any moment. I was beginning to feel uncomfortable, and the camera was started to shake. I had put myself into a stress position, which was a mistake. I began pressing the shutter button, probably too early. The camera moved uncontrollably as my arm began to shake, and I lost the fox in my viewfinder. Removing the camera from my eye to search for the fox was another mistake: our eyes met. The thing is, I felt sure it smirked at me as it sauntered towards the lagoon field fence.
On my way home, I met a local farmer who suggested where I might find the marsh vixen’s den, and the place he described was not on the marsh….