I took the day off work today, and headed up to the Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen (AWD) with Marcel in the hope of photographing foxes. The sun was shining, and it was a little chilly – perfect weather for a walk.
We set out in the direction of a lake with plenty of nesting cormorants. Thanks to deciding to take a shortcut, we ended up ploughing through the woods, getting tangled up in all the prickly trees. After the lake we moved on to the area where the fox can normally be seen. As we turned a corner, we saw a group of photographers with telephoto lenses. Clearly, that was indeed that place to be!
We spent quite some time photographing the fox, which was not at all nervous. The reason for that became clear when we saw a woman tossing the fox a chicken’s foot. Indeed, the woman and her family stayed around for quite some time, and that was not the only food they gave him. Whilst it obviously gave us a good photo opportunity and it was amazing to have a fox come so close, the fact that the woman seemed to have no idea that feeding wild animals and habituating them to people was not a good idea did detract from the experience.
After taking our fill of the two foxes that we saw, we headed back to the car, completing a loop of about 11km.
More photographs are available here.