Over 2 years ago in Winter 2014, I decided to take my camera in to Hopwood woods and take some pictures in the snow that had fallen through the night. There hasn't been much snow in recent years, so decided to make the most of the opportunity.
Whilst walking through the woods I noticed some small footprints in the snow that lead in to a hole under a tree. It could only be a Foxes footprints and as I knew where the Foxes den was and as I think they're an amazing animal I decided to keep returning hoping to see one coming out or going in. I returned several times and saw nothing until about a year later. I just didn't expect it to be there so I wasn't ready, and by the time I lifted my camera up he ran. I was pretty annoyed with myself to be honest. It just made me more determined to carry on. When I watch these wildlife programmes and how they are made, they sometimes sit there for months trying to get the shot so I know it's not easy. It's all about perseverance and patience. That's what makes the best wildlife and outdoor photographers.
The spot where the den is is really secluded and nobody really goes there because it's so overgrown. I started bringing my old fishing chair to sit on and wait from a distance. I was using my Canon 300mm f/4 lens but I've sold it recently as I wasn't getting enough use out of it. It wasn't until Monday 12th June 2017 that I decide to have a quick look. I grabbed my camera, this time with a 70-200mm lens and sneaked through the woods. There it was, in a little bundle curled up fast asleep. I lay down and made sure the settings on my camera were bang on. I started whistling constantly to wake him up. He lifted his head up, turned towards me and just stared. I think he was still half asleep because he looked at me then started looking around, then he licked his lips, yawned and then I think it just hit him - there was a human looking right at him with a camera in his face and so he legged it. I wasn't complaining because it was long enough to rattle off a few shots and I'm absolutely over the moon that my patience paid off. I'm not finished though, I'm going to carry on and get better images!
Canon 5D mark iii, Canon 70-200mm f2.8 lens
Shutter - 1/400th, Aperture - f4, ISO - 400