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    Fox? Tracks

    Woronoco Ma - Jan 2018

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    Album name:Vern Wells / Snow Scenes
    Keywords:RF / RFfff
    Filesize:247 KiB
    Date added:Feb 07, 2018
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    Exposure Bias:1 EV
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    Focal length:100 mm
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    Ed Hodgson   [Feb 08, 2018 at 09:51 AM]
    A really interesting photo, Vern. You sent me off searching the web, but I failed to find any reference to a track gait pattern that produced the triplet groups you captured or the seemingly systematic transition out of that gait where the tracks cross nearer the vegetation. There is clearly a story here, but I haven't read it yet.
    Vern Wells   [Feb 08, 2018 at 10:36 AM]
    You may regret setting me off on this one, Ed. The triplet groups of tracks may, in fact, be quadruplets with the middle track actually being made up of 2 tracks, one upon the other. I say that because in my field guide to animal tracks it shows the loping gait of a red fox similar to the 'triplets' only the 2 middle feet, while very close to one another, have a definite separation. Anyway, here is my take on the criss crossing of tracks. Two foxes were out hunting for supper.
    Vern Wells   [Feb 08, 2018 at 10:51 AM]
    Fox A, travelling west, notices something off to the NW and veers in its direction to see if it might be a choice morcel. This maneuver was not lost on Fox B who was travelling north and somewhat behind Fox A. He looks ahead and spots the target of Fox A. He immediately picks up his pace to get to the potential meal before Fox A claims it all for himself. You can imagine their disappointment upon discovering their quarry was only a half-buried rock. After exchanging pleasantries they were off.
    Ed Hodgson   [Feb 08, 2018 at 05:32 PM]
    Sounds like a reasonable account to me although after reading about their solitary habits, I was thinking more along the lines of the same fox passing by the same point twice as he hunted the area. Perhaps a spot where he detected prey but it eluded him.
    Vern Wells   [Feb 09, 2018 at 10:26 AM]
    It's possible these were coyote tracks. I was standing on a bridge well above the tracks so it was hard tell the actual size of them.

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