Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary

June 18, 2012

A dreamday..

Filed under: 2012,June — Hennie van Heerden @ 11:33 am
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When I entered Holland’s dune area last friday, it rained cats and dogs. At first I tried to ignore that but when it became clear that also the animals took shelter and didn’t show I gave in and waited it out under a tree. Was quite a challenge to keep the raindrops out of my coffee!

Hmm, when I had known I wouldn’t have gotten up at 4AM but could have stayed in my oh so warm and comfortable bed!

At about midday, the weather cleared up and with the sun also the animals showed themselves a bit more. But it wasn’t after lunch that the first fox showed itself. A young male was making an appearance and modelled like a pro in front of the waving grass and the flowering Sorrel. Beautiful setting! After a while it suddenly dashed off and soon became clear why. A beautiful adult female came in sight. She has taken over the territory of the old male that unfortunately died last february and defends it with a vengeance. No wonder the young male ran for it.

After spending quite some time with the beautiful female, I slowly headed back. I knew of a fox earth along the route but when I had checked it earlier that day it seemed abandoned. I really don’t know what made me check that den again; call it a hunch, but I did. I actually already passed it but something made me decide to turn back and have another look. And what a great hunch it was!!

When I carefully approached I saw something moving just outside the den; fox!! And not one but two! Mom and her beautiful baby were playing together in full view. I sat myself down and for the next 3 hours or so I filled every single memory card I had with me. I know I must have breathed in between shots but I can’t remember 🙂

Wat a fantastic encounter! For years I have been hoping for a fox kit in front of my lens and yes, I especially went to the Dunes to find one, but I never could have imagined to find this wonderful scene!!   



  1. A wonderful story and goes to prove, once again, that you’ve gotta be prepared to put the time in to come up with such superb images. Most people would have given up after an hour and missed out on this fantastic experience.

    Comment by Kathy Langbridge — June 18, 2012 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  2. Bravo Hennie! Beautiful images. When I used to live in North Yorkshire I ventured out on a lovely morning at around 04:00 and entirely by chance came across a skulk of foxes, I can’t be sure of the makeup but pretty sure a couple of them where very young. But, alas, those were before the days my camera went where ever I went.

    Comment by Peter Richardson — June 18, 2012 @ 12:35 pm | Reply

  3. Such wonderful images,Hennie. A day to remember for sure. Your amazing patience certainly paid off.

    Comment by Marianne Wedell-Wedellsborg — June 18, 2012 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

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