Marsh Fox Album

8 Comments on “Marsh Fox Album

  1. Your pictures are beautiful and bring back memories of watching foxes on our farm in southwest Missouri, USA when I was a child.

    • Thank you, Marilyn. It’s very kind of you to say such nice things about my photographs. I really pleased that you like them. 🙂

  2. Mike, thank you for visiting my site. Your photographs are fantastic. Foxes are beautiful, but they are a dreadful pest here, being an introduced predator. (Oh if we could only go back in time and have a word with the Englishmen who introduced rabbits and foxes to Australia! Where is the Doctor when you need him? And I accept there may be a few other corrections the world would want to make before that one!) They wreak havoc in the countryside as they have no competitors. Being a wanderer at odd hours, I have seen them in the urban areas where I live but nobody believed me until we found a dead one that had been hit by a car.
    I saw your comment about beavers being introduced into the UK to deal with certain ecological concerns. Is there a particular niche animal that is extinct that they replace? We have a terrible history in Australia of introducing animals and plants which become pests which then become a reason to introduce a predator which then …
    All the best.

  3. Thanks, mymatejoechip.
    We all have our crosses the bear.
    Don’t the foxes eat your vermin?
    Yes, the Eurasian beaver which became extinct in Great Britain in the sixteenth century.

    • Foxes have roamed this earth for somewhere in the region of 4.5 million years, and wildlife has survived and benefited from them surprisingly well. I don’t think I have ever seen a fat fox. All the foxes I know are thin and have to work very hard for their dinners. The fox is an efficient killing machine, their is no denying this, and what they kill and don’t eat is an easy meal for another animal. I see less than half a dozen animal carcasses, annually, littering the the marsh. 🙂

  4. Mike I am sure that you are right. I hope I didn’t sound like I was opposed to predators in their natural environment, I am all for balanced ecosystems and biological diversity and the preservation of our environment.
    The Australian experience is a little different as the fauna here have evolved over a long period of time in isolation without exposure to a predator like the fox. Their introduction only 130 years ago has led to an imbalance that has not been corrected. Part of the problem is that we persecute the closest niche predator, the dingo, which preys on foxes and feral cats. The dingo itself is interesting, itself only a recent arrival in evolutionary terms (arriving with the Aborigines in the last 50-100 000 years). Recent discussion about the re-introduction of the dingo into some areas has of course led to a predictable reactionary response, however it is I think much more reasonable than a recent suggestion that elephants be introduced into northern Australia. I think we interfere with the role of the predator at our peril, unfortunately in Australia we have interfered massively, so that in some areas the only main predators are foxes and cats, with nothing to prey on them. “Your” foxes are of course exactly in the environment they should be in. This article may be of interest.
    http://www.realdirt.com.au/2009/07/11/mr-foxy-whiskered-gentleman-your-days-are-numbered/

  5. Not at all! I am very appreciative of your comments and eager to obtain your views; more importantly, I wish to learn what is being experienced in your part of the world. My previous reply was meant to stimulate discussion. Thank you very much for providing me with your views. I will read the article and respond, if necessary. I look forward to your further comments regarding the differences in wildlife experiences in the areas in which we live. 🙂

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