Ashleigh was looking for red foxes in the deep snow of winter, having photographed them in spring and summer from a hide near her home. Spotting this female hunting from the back seat of a car, she grabbed her camera, rested it on the window frame and shot a series of the fox ‘mousing’, diving nose first into a drift.
Hunting foxes step quietly across the surface of the snow then stop, tilt their head and listen intently. Suddenly they will pounce, leaping high enough to punch through the deep snow. Sometimes they remain in this upside-down position for several seconds. More often than not these hunts are successful. The vole this fox was after was lucky this time.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II; 500mm f4 lens; 1/640 sec at f5.6 (+1.7 e/v); ISO 1000.
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
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Ashleigh Scully, USA
Ashleigh has been photographing wildlife since she was eight years old. She particularly likes to photograph predators, including red foxes, coyotes, bears and large wild cats such as mountain lions, lions and cheetahs. Her wildlife photography focus has been on images that tell a story and give the viewer a sense of an animal's unique behaviour and family unit dynamics.