Last weekend PJ, Eli and myself went to the Lorraine in northern France with our good friend Jean Marie to have another try for European wild cats.
Because of the warm weather that had been predicted, meadows were to be cut, thereby attracting carnivores. We were hoping to score.
Yet this sunrise we just could not ignore…
Since no cats were seen, we tried our luck deeper in the forest at day three:
There PJ saw something moving:
Hard to see at first but soon we realized that we were surrounded by tiny little fox puppies
First we saw one, then two more basking in the leaves.
It was intense. We decided to gear up… Sniper style, ensuring us to get close to the action.
But life in the forest can be hard…
Not only were we ourselves eaten alive by hungry mosquitos who found the weak spot in our camouflage outfits:
Also one of the puppies was bearing scars indicating an earlier predator attack.
Also nice to experiment with black-and-white:
Next weekend we will know how they are doing.
What an amazing experience to be able to spend two days with these puppies. Seeing how scared they are in the morning, how a passing woodpecker chases them in their den, and how they can go out and play after many hours of verifying the surroundings.
We felt privileged.
Thanks to Jean Marie for all his help and to Remy for info on cats.
Thanks to Manu for helping me with a replacement lens.