WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Commended 2012

Behaviour: Mammals

Richard Peters, UK

Snow pounce

Richard sat in his car and from a distance watched the fox hunting, just enjoying the performance. He was in Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming, USA, and there was snow on the ground. The fox was listening for rodents under the snow, then leaping high to pounce down on the unsuspecting prey. It was too far away to photograph, and so when it disappeared and suddenly reappeared, on a snow bank level with the car window, Richard was taken by surprise. ‘It was already in pounce position, and I barely had time to lift the camera before it leapt up into the air almost clean out of my field of view. I managed to get a sequence of the leap, but I love this quirky image best, which gives a real sense of just how high these wonderful animals can jump.’

Technical specification

Nikon D7000 + 600mm lens; 1/500 sec at f8; ISO 400.

Yellowstone National Park, USA: latitude 44.428, longitude -110.588 Yellowstone National Park, USA: latitude 44.428, longitude -110.588

Yellowstone National Park, USA

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Richard Peters, UK

Richard’s passion for wildlife began with the natural history documentaries he watched as a child. His work, which favours light and composition over subject, has won prizes in international competitions.

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