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Arctic Fox - Greenland

Arctic Fox - Greenland
Información de la foto
Copyright: Jeff Kerby (jtkerb) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 88] (410)
Género: Animals
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2010-06-20
Categorías: Mammals
Cámara: Nikon D90, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4
Exposición: f/5.0, 1/400 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versión de la foto: Versión original
Tema(s): West Greenland [view contributor(s)]
Fecha enviada: 2010-07-07 11:12
Vista: 6445
Favoritos: 1 [Ver]
Puntos: 26
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An Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus) near the inland ice in West Greenland, about 30km from Kangerlussuaq.

The Arctic Fox has a circumpolar range, meaning that it is found throughout the entire Arctic, as well as in Subarctic and alpine areas, such as Iceland and mainland alpine Scandinavia. The conservation status of the species is good, except for the Scandinavian mainland population. It is acutely endangered there, despite decades of legal protection from hunting and persecution. The total population estimate in all of Norway, Sweden and Finland is a mere 120 adult individuals.

The Arctic Fox is the only native land mammal to Iceland. It came to the isolated North Atlantic island at the end of the last ice age, walking over the frozen sea.


This photo was taken at 11 pm (local time - exif data is still set to EST) as shadows from the West-East valley complexes were being cast by the slowly dipping sun. Usually I try to sneak up on the foxes for photos, but this one got the better of me. He stealthily approached my resting pack - presumably with an aim of peeing on it - while I was off taking some plant measurements, but decided against it at the last moment when I caught him in the act. Rest easy, one of his friends has already 'claimed' my tripod in a similar manner. On that note, fox urine is quite pungent (and is used as a deterrent for garden pests in some regions).

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Great shot man,

some quality stuff you have been adding recently


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6151 W: 89 N: 15271] (63920)
  • [2010-07-07 11:30]

Hi Jeff,a new pearl in your very interesting and different collection.How is nice this pic and what a quality,you work at the best in this difficult but magic light! Thanks for share,have a good night,Luciano

Hello Jeff,
Unusual post, with a very nice evening light and interesting note. Beautiful fox. Cheers,

Hello Jeff
Congratulations for the photo, excellent POV, sharpness and contrast.
Beautiful natural color.
Thanks for sharing
hello Vanni

Hola Jeff

Una imagen muy bonita y entrañable. Este zorro artico siempre lo había visto en los documentales con el pelo blanco y en epoca de nieve, nunca con este pelaje.

Perefecta composición y nitidez. Felicidades.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi Jeff
Wonderful capture and pose of this Arctic Fox, he sure is cute. I like the way he is looking right at you with his soft brown eyes. Excellent POV and DOF, colour and lighting. Great notes too...It's sad to know in Finland there are only 120 adults.
TFS Janice

Hi Jeff,
this sure is a beautiful shot of the wee fox and dull light atmosphere really looks good as it gives the colours a pleasant muted look,soft like a fox's fur if you will.I like the way you have cropped and centered the fox in this frame,it works very well and proves the "rule of thirds" doesn't always apply to the main subject and still it looks very nicely balanced.I enjoy the sight of this fox very much and thank you sharing it with us all.120 adult individuals seems like such a tiny population for three countries and that doesn't bode well for the species so endangered from extirpation,I hope they will always be!I have seen well more than 120 foxes just in the last 10 years and even so I can't get enough of them.I hope time and tide will find me up in the arctic and give me a chance to observe and photo these tough little dogs of the far north.


Hi Jeff!
Great moment, with perfect details, sharpness! I like his fur! Obviously he is changing his winter coat into the "Spring-summer" fashion collection! :-))

amazing fox, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2010-07-08 4:00]

Hello Jeff,
Fantastic photo in great sharpness, details and natural colours. Very special with this eye-contact. Excellent DOF.

Hallo Jeff
These Arctic Foxes are beautiful and because they are not featured on the site so often as some of the other mammals is reason to appreciate this image more. Details like the colour and expression in the eyes, the fluffiness in the ears and the thick fur on the tail is well photographed and seen. The feeling of tenderness is brought across looking at this image, and the direct eye contact is stunning. I cannot let this image pass without adding it to my favourites. Thanks for sharing, as well as for interesting note. It is much appreciated. Best regards.

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  • nat Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 24] (82)
  • [2010-07-08 15:18]
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What a perfect capture. You worked well with the shadowy light, and managed to keep the whole fox in focus while softening the backround. The marbled backround is a perfect contract to this fuzzy almost pokey looking little guy. The eye contact is exquisit, not chilling like in some animals, but deep and warming.

Great note! Looking forward to more greenland shots to come!


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1330] (10711)
  • [2011-05-28 1:39]

Hi Jef,

Great shot! The colors and the eyecontact are stunning. TFS.


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