Fox photographed at Wadi Jazira 16-17 October 2003

Fox photographed at Wadi Jazira 16-17 October 2003

With the Al Ain group scheduled to visit Jazira Friday morning, a pair of motion-activated cameras were set up just a few meters from the abandoned houses. The bait used consisted of rolled oats and tuna.

The rolled oats were added in the event there were no fox in the neighborhood. Perhaps a gerbil or bird would be attracted to the oats.

One of the cameras was set up incorrectly. A small ridge of rock was immediately in front of the camera so the flash reflected off the ridge and caused the aperture to close. As a result, the fox visiting this site was not illuminated. Moreover, either the fox bumped the camera or tripped over the electronic wire (connecting the camera to the receiver) because the camera took only a few photos of the bait before it was moved and pointing off in a different direction.

The second camera was located closer to the ground and, while the photographs were of good quality, the subject as not as illuminated as preferred.

The fox in all of the photographs appears to be another Blanford fox (Vulpes cana) and one photo suggests at least one of the animals photographed is a male.

Unfortunately, we do not have any means at the moment of identifying whether the fox in each photo is the same individual.

In this evening's photography, one camera exhausted its film supply while the second recorded 26 frames exposed. There were a total of more than 100 "events" during the night. For a summary of the events, click here.

The fox turns to face the camera at the sound of the autofocus device.
The fox is caught between the transmitter (behind the fox) and the receiver (foreground).
The large ears serve as excellent hearing apparatus as well as a cooling system.
Vulpes cana is known by its common name Blanford Fox.
The photo shows the tail is almost as large as the animals body.
The noisy camera interrupts the meal of tuna and rolled oats.
This shot appears to catch the fox in the middle of a bite.
This photo suggests the visitor to Jazira is a male.


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