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Three Foxes (A Camera Trap Post)

So here is a post based on what the blog is named after, a camera trap in Cornwall. I had a lot of chicken pieces left over from dinner and...

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Mange Update

The mange fox is still around and looking bad. I have found out about a free treatment from the National Fox Welfare website which i have order a treatment. Hopefully the fox will get better.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Hogging the Food

Put some food out and got the foxes and cats again but wont show the videos here again. Did get some new species though. Check below for them.

A hedgehog
A mouse

A few magpies also enjoyed the food.


The sheep in the field also took interest but didn't like what was on offer.


Its mid winter in a cold snap now and this hedgehog is not hibernating. Maybe he smelt the food and came out for a energy boost halfway through hibernation?

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Poor Foxes

After putting some food out for the foxes we got some good footage. Unfortunately the foxes are not healthy. We captured 2 individuals on film both with health problems. One as stated before has got mange. He also has a crocked tail. We saw him in the daytime and he also appears to have a limp. He is quite a small fox and looks young.
The other fox is older more healthy looking but has an eye missing or is blind in one eye. On the videos you can see only one eye reflecting which is why this is suggested. Good news is we saw one in the day that looked very healthy bright orange and no physical damage (maybe to an eye?).

The one eyed fox.
The mange fox with a limp and crocked tail.


The difference between the two can be clearly seen: the second fox has two reflective eyes, a limp, a crocked tail and is smaller. He doesn't have much luck.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Looks Like Luttra luttra. It is!

After leaving the camera by the river for a few days I got some new species! A mustelid and a rodent! The otters are definitely in the river. Next goal is to get a clear image of the otter.

An otter (luttra luttra) bit blurred.

A robin very christmassy

A brown rat
The camera is in the garden with leftovers from dinner. Hopefully the mange fox will return so the extent of the mange can be seen.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Solved the Tail

In a previous post titled bottom of the garden an unknown tail was captured. Today just before dark I saw a fox with a tail exactly like this one. The fox appears to have mange. I will try to capture a photo of him again soon. 
 
The unknown tail was a fox!

Down by the River

After no posts for a while due to moving house the camera is now back up and running. The local land owner has given me permission to place the camera on his land. Its by a river known for otters so hopefully something soon. In the meantime here is what it has captured at the river so far.

a little mouse (bottom left)

Half a bird (fieldfare i think)

Not much but its a start at the new location, more at the weekend hopefully. Also christmas holidays from Uni start this weekend so i should have time for more trapping.