Photo Essay

The Hungry Fox

The Hungry Fox

My first encounter with a fox up close and personal. When out for a walk quite late in the afternoon with some family at the Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duingebied (the Amsterdam Watercompany Dune area) we first spotted a fox on the other side of a small canal. Already totally excited we snapped some shots of the fox that didn't seemed scared at all! It was a bit dark an unfortunately not the best time to attempt a shot but we tried anyway. After a while the fox started running in the opposite direction. We thought it had enough of us. Suddenly we saw the same fox running towards us as fast as it could. We noticed he or she had a bit of a limp. To our amazement the fox then went into the bushes and then came up to us as if saying i am hungry please give me some food. At a 30cm distance it was looking at us and i found some bisquits and raw peanuts in my bag. The fox ate all the bisquits and peanuts. Next to the fox there was a hurd of sheep looking most jealous. They even tried to scare the fox away to steel the bisquits. It was amazing to see this beautiful animal from such a short distance. It was a freezing day but worth it! I hope the little fox will survive and it's paw will heal. It is almost spring then it might be a better time for the fox to find food. So if you are ever near this area it is worthwhile checking it out. Apart from foxes there are countless deer,rabbits,sheep,cows, birds of prey, wild swans and more. I have been to no other place were it was that easy to see so many animals except for the zoo!

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14 responses

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon said (25 Feb 2013):

    You got some exceptional photos and presented a great story around this hungry little cross fox`s quest for survival. Life for a fox is always a challenge and it is surprising how tame they become when they`re very hungry. We have a red fox in our area who enjoys the occasional hot dog. A beautiful photoessay! Voted.

  • Ester van Dam

    Ester van Dam said (26 Feb 2013):

    Thank you so much! Your kind comments are much appreciated!

  • Al Stiegman

    Al Stiegman gave props (26 Feb 2013):

    Wonderful series Ester, the cheeky guy being my favorite.

  • Michaela K.

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  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (27 Feb 2013):

    A wonderfully written narrative and images of tne fox...You have my votes.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (28 Feb 2013):

    wonderful story and FOX

  • JPG

    JPG gave props (3 Mar 2013):

    Congrats on being The Story of the Week!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (3 Mar 2013):

    Congrats on getting picked for story of the week...Well done!

  • Ester van Dam

    Ester van Dam said (4 Mar 2013):

    Thanks everybody! ; ))

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (4 Mar 2013):

    Congrats on story of the week - my vote!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (4 Mar 2013):

    Wonderful story and photos! Congrats!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (5 Mar 2013):

    Congratulations on story of the week, Ester.. well done!

  • Ester van Dam

    Ester van Dam said (5 Mar 2013):

    Thank you JanElle it is all because you nominated the story and the fox was patient (and hungry) ; )

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (6 Mar 2013):

    Great story and wonderful pix......congratulations

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