Parkour!

Jun. 19th, 2017 07:20 pm
rydra_wong: Fragment of a Tube map, with stations renamed Piero della Francesca, Harpo, Socrates and Seneca. (walking -- the great bear)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
Sadly, I didn't have a phone on hand to try to get a photo.

But I just found out that a startled fox on a London balcony will, if feeling cornered, drop two storeys onto the top of a garden wall, bounce off that onto the ground, land with somewhat less dignity than it had intended but apparently without injury, and trot off hurriedly.

In my defense, I really didn't mean to make the fox feel cornered; it's just that my immediate, automatic response to "unexpected furry cat-sized creature" is "stay still, make crooning noises at it, try to edge a bit closer." Had I fled, it would have been able to go round to the other side of the balcony, where you only have to drop down half a storey to an adjacent roof.

ETA: I can't help noticing that there is a very well-chewed yellow foam ball on my balcony, which I did not put there.

Also, by way of apology, I have left a dish of water out on the balcony, because it is a heatwave.

Fox in IR

Dec. 18th, 2015 01:20 pm
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
[personal profile] nanila

[YouTube video, 00:00:10 in length, of a fox nosing about in our garden.]

I've been putting out our motion-sensitive IR camera again. The hedgehog appears to have gone into hibernation, probably in the big pile of garden waste at the bottom of our garden. In its place, however, we seem to have acquired a fox!
lizcommotion: tufted titmouse on a branch in the snow (bird tufted titmouse)
[personal profile] lizcommotion
Some wildlife was kind enough to pose for me of late, and I thought I'd share.

Red fox in the morning
A red fox has taken to hanging around nearby. In this photo, the fox is nosing the ground looking for...birdseed. Hey, they're omnivores, right?

2 more medium photos below the cut )

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