Sunday 16 December 2012

Top 12 Wildlife moments of the year 2012 - Number 10

Number 10 of the 12 wild moments of 2012 has to be on the coast of North Wales but this encounter involves an unexpected mammal that I was really surprised to see on a beach alongside a normally busy prom by day but a feeding ground at night once the holiday makers have left.
 Foxes on the prom and dodging drunks
As the nights are getting longer and colder and it was my last week in N.Wales for the year I wanted to spend sometime finding the best place to see the Foxes socialising, feeding on a beach and an area of grassland near the promenade.

Over a few nights we went out at 1am till about 4am and after a few days we found an area where 5-6 Foxes seemed to stay from fields, housing areas and mountains it seemed like they came to one area close to where we stayed so it was an easy walk at 2am to the spot with all the kit.
We struggled to get any photos as they were very nervous and avoided people and flashing lights but fed under streetlights next to the beach so an ideal place to film but we has the wrong kit for filming anything.
the footage below was filmed on my D5000 in the low light so not the best but shows how curious they were about us sitting on the bench near to there food.
I think by 2013 I will have the perfect setup using 2 CCTV cameras linked to one recorder then when I see the Fox approach each camera I can switch to the required camera giving me colour footage in the light then night vision b/w footage when they skulk off into the shadows beyond the street lights reach.
I can understand why the Foxes were so nervous as one night we lay in a gully between the grass and the beach area in the dark waiting to see if they would come into feed and they did but stayed at a distance due to the amount of drunks returning home after a nights partying so to keep ourselves safe we copied the foxes tactics and every time a stumbling silhouette headed our way from the direction of the town we backed off to the darkness of the beach and waited till it was clear to resume filming.
I have learned that a sea side prom can be quite creepy at night due to the amount of shadows created by the many street lights and dog walkers having a late walk make it quite eerie but for some reason when your walking on the beach with the stars out in force and you see a bright light come from behind the great orme and disappear into the sea it really gets your blood flowing and makes you wonder whats out there with an endless horizon on the sea and a clear sky with millions of stars it really is quite humbling.
I hope to begin a proper attempt at filming these promenade foxes on my next trip in February 2013 with some better night vision kit and hides down on the beach in the cold dark hours of the morning.

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  1. I have my remote camera set up tonight to try and capture some video of a fox who has been around recently. Mum showed me a picture of your kayak today, it looks like really good fun. From Findlay

  2. Good stuff Findlay I hope you get footage of the Fox. I would be lost without my kayak now as I can reach places where wildlife is safe and you are undisturbed by anyone allowing for some great encounters with Water rails.