Culpeo - Andean Fox Hot

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The Culpeo (Lycalopex culpaeus), sometimes known as the Culpeo zorro or Andean fox (wolf), is a South American species of wild dog.

This female was busy nursing pups somewhere close. She was very weary of our presence, but the 400mm lens meant I could photograph her and keep my distance. This fox was photographed in the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile. Wildlife photography is all about making the best of a situation you find yourself in.

Sometimes lugging all that heavy camera gear proves worthwhile.

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Without a tripod and with very low light (and it was actualy raining, a slow shutter speed was always going to require some kind of support. I shot this lying on the ground to support the camera. The low angle gives a really nice perspective with the fox almost looking down at the lens. Keep in mind that when you cant see an animals feet or legs that you leave enough room in the bottom of the frame for where the legs actually are, otherwise the animal will appear cut-off at the legs/feet.
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Arne Purves
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Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.