Monday by the dam


Hi guys Well today i noticed the Roos were not in the street as i went out to the shops..so when i returned from the shops i took a walk down to the dam. I could see a big mob in the neighbouring property..so as i walked down to take some pics i stopped as i noticed a fox was taking a casual stroll through the paddocks. I sat down and started to take some pics..i was watching the Roos watching the fox.. I must admit that they are really a beautiful looking creature but sadly they are also quite brutal..of course it is there nature and it is the way they survive..but any farmer can tell you the devastation they cause. I myself have seen it when we had chickens at our old house..they kill as many as possible with the intent of coming back for them..they seldom do. And they do not stop at chickens or rabbits but also lambs and i think it would be fair to say joeys. So i watched waiting to see if the Roos would give the fox a hard time..seems apart from watching her they did nothing. It will be interesting to see if a Roo with a joey behaves differently..so i plan on keeping my eye out. I know foxes are hated by many people..and they are certainly not native to our country..being bought in by the colonists.but as withΒ  all creatures i try and see the beauty..knowing humans can be pretty brutal also. The second thing that struck me as i took pics was that i spotted a lone Roo..he did not see me for awhile and i actually almost missed seeing him. He was grazing alone but not too far from the others…when i looked at the pictures on my computer i could see he has a tattered ear maybe from boxing with others or from fences…clearly healed up so not a recent injury..i also noticed he was looking a bit thinnish ..his ribs a bit more pronounced than usual for a Roo. Perhaps the harsh summer has meant less feed for him ..when i zoomed in i could see his lashes were quite thick and not so much sweeping upwards..he looks to be a boy who maybe has been trying to start out on his own …i will keep an eye on him and if i feel he gets thinner i will call a rescue to see if they can check him out..he appeared very bright and uninjured and was grazing and quite content..i guessΒ  living on the land can age us all..i feel for this sweet roo…i have called him Shaggy due to his shaggy ear…..he will be easy to spot by them . So please enjoy my time at the dam..which as you will see is almost a puddle..and i hope you can appreciate the beauty of the fox……despite her reputation.. Hugs Fozziemum

Here comes the fox see the Roos posture at first

Here comes the fox see the Roos posture at first

The decides this warrants further investigation

Then decides this warrants further investigation

Fox using the now uncovered tyres in the dam as a pontoon

Fox using the now uncovered tyres in the dam as a pontoon

Having a drink

Having a drink

Wonder if she is admiring her reflection?

Wonder if she is admiring her reflection?

Clearly not at all worried about me

Clearly not at all worried about me

Showing those teeth

We all get an itch

We all get an itch

Shaggy

A sweet boy

Yep..like i said we all get an itch!

Yep..like i said we all get an itch!

He has seen me

Now he is smelling the air..is it me or the fox he is smelling?

He stands when i move..keen to show he is alert and aware of my movements

74 thoughts on “Monday by the dam

  1. Beautiful fox. They really are gorgeous creatures but you are right that they are very destructive. Shaggy does look a bit underfed but he is huge! The last picture is especially useful for my quest to create my roo.

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    • I know..i was gald to see a fox having a beautiful moment….but they are rotters….Shaggy i hope will put on some weight when the grasses replenish..apart from his ribs he looked pretty healthy to me..you think he is huge wait till you see the whopper from the other paddock haahha πŸ™‚ i am glad the pic helps πŸ™‚ xx

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  2. I agree with you, a fox in a chicken stable can act like a tornado…. but it was great to see this fox having a drink :o) And the roo was impressing, what giant feet they have, I never saw it so close :o) Many thanks for inviting me to a day on your dam. How peaceful wildlife can be, let’s hope you see much more beautiful moments on your dam. And I hope Doc got good news today.

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    • Thank you Easy..yes the fox as to do maximum damage before daybreak so goes nuts then usually just does not come back..i have seen it too many times…i was however fascinated to see one not doing anything other than having a drink and then a scratch..she then went and curled up like a pup and licked herself..a more docile scene i could not imagine..quite a contrast and for me a chance to see the beauty behind the ‘beast’..yes the roos have super big feet..and of course powerful..this boy i hope gets some more feed into him as the grasses start to grow.a bit thin for my liking..wildlife can be peaceful..they all play a role and i have a video i need to upload that shows all of them ..quite amazing to me πŸ™‚ Doc went well today…he left a recycled breakfast bar in the waiting room to start with..refused to show Dr Mark his teeth properly..and so it went..he has a dental on Friday..they will do his nails then get rid of some warts that he knocks all the time ..Dr Mark will consult with Dr Rayya on his night time weirdness..they will run full blood panels prior to his dental..he has a small cataract in his left eye and has developed a slight heart murmur..so we will see what happens Friday πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xx

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  3. It always amazes me that you can take any (probably) animal and in a certain position they can look very proud. It’s probably nothing more than me putting human perspectives onto the animals ………… but look at Shaggy in his upright/alert posture! He certainly looks very self assured and proud of his genetic heritage πŸ™‚

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    • I agree we can do that to animals..but i think their bearing and how they do things is often easy to translate into human behaviour..he is showing in animal language his height and his muscles and that he is aware i am there..i just think he looks proud πŸ™‚

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    • Hahaha those roos would kill it ..one kick and it’s all over..:) see the look they gave it…and that was not even a big roo..i think the fox knows better πŸ™‚ calm down my sweets πŸ™‚ xxx

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    • Yikes me too..had visions of running across the paddocks waving a 2 kilo camera and shouting “STOP in the name of humanity! ” hahahaha πŸ™‚ they are beautiful and i guess they cannot help their drives and nature…xx

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  4. I was also thinking that the roos actually look dangerous and intimidating – one kick or swish with that tail and the fox (or small doggie like me) should be history!

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    • You are right Genis..it;s the feet you have to watch..many dogs are killed by roos and i mean big dogs too..German shepherds etc..if they chase and corner one it will use it’s tail to stand on and then lift those legs and drag down..the nails will rip you to shreds..they ahev been known to have been chased to dams where they have goitten in and drowned dogs..if left alone they are fine..like all animals if cornered hurt or scared they will come out fighting,…and this is one animal you do not want to mess with πŸ™‚ they only use their tail to balance on as they cannot walk..they kind of use the tail and side step..they also cannot go backwards πŸ™‚ xx

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      • That’s very interesting. I was wondering whether they use the tail to defend themselves – it really looks mean. Isn’t it wonderful how wild animals adapt to their territory to cope with danger? Unfortunately they are most helpless against their worst enemy – man.

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  5. WOW! I love these spots of your ‘yard’ my friend. It’s like I’m almost there with you watching from afar. Poor Shaggy. I hope he gets some weight on – you were right and you can see his ribs! Even the fox was cute – trying to fit in with the roo’s. XOXO – Bacon

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  6. Love the pictures. So interesting. We are aware of foxes here in Northern British Columbia. They are very pretty but terribly devastating to unprotected chickens and other small farm animals.

    One night around midnight I was coming home from work when we lived in the other house and there walking up our street was a silver fox….I had never seen one before and he was beautiful. Not the least concerned about my car. I never have seen another.
    Shaggy looks like he needs a good meal…it would be tough trying to strike out on his own and start his own mob….hopefully he’ll hang around and you can follow his progress.

    Jean

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    • I saw a silver fox once where we used to live..stunning animal..but i think the one that killed my rescue chooks 😦 they are gorgeous but they do some damage alright..but it is survival for them…Shaggy does look a bit thin..i hope too he sorts himself out ..he seemed to be grazing quite happily down there and i will keep tabs on him πŸ™‚ loves BEV XX

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  7. Shaggy sure is ribby. hope you see him often and his condition improves. Can Roos get worms?

    The fox looked in good condition.

    Hope you’ve had a good start to the week. Sue, Polly & Honey

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    • Sue he is i hope to keep an eye on him as long as the mob is hanging around..yes all the wildlife here can get worms and other parasites just like our pets..apart from darting him therE is no real way to tell what is going on…have a great week ladies Loves bEV XX

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  8. Oh me lookit those feetsies. They awe soooo big. MOL Shaggy duz look a little finn. Hope hims okay. Weez not know why foxes and udder animals fur dat matter get such a bad wap fur duin’ what comes natuwal. Evewypawdy needs to eat sumtimes. Mommy goes wiffout a lot but sez even she has to eat once a mumff. Weez know foxes don’t zactly belong there but da land belonged to da animals furst. Hoomans just take ovew evewyfin’ and ifin anyfin’ gets in their way they just kill it. It’s just not wight. 😦 Luvved da fotoa, gweat as usual.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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    • I agree sweeties we all have to survive and if that is how they are designed then so be it..they were here first before us..i think they are very pretty and yes i have seen first hand the way they do their thing…but indeed it is not about malice it is survival πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

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    • Thankyou πŸ™‚ i can hear from a bit closer their coughing sounds they make..they do this as a sign of submission or a sign also to start a bru ha ha with each other..i have heard people say their eyesight is poor but they spot me somehow from a good distance…

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  9. bev….I didnt know fox were not native to Australia; that is a surprise, though I was as surprised when I slammed the car brakes on this past winter to keep from hitting one that had crossed the street; fox have not been seen around here in YEARS. we have red fox; or had, this lone fox was the first I’d seen since I was about 10, and that was a LOOOOONG time ago. your fox; she was looking for water I’d say though I hope she has moved on and wont cause trouble ….β™₯β™₯

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    • Funny how they seem to go in cycles and you can see none for a long time….this one lives down there..i have seen her and another chasing each other and fighting…of cours she wants water and feed and rabbits down there provide her meals…the cycle of life ..rabbits also are not native..or blackberries or gorse..we got it all hahahha πŸ™‚ ❀ ❀

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  10. The fox is beautiful…it is like that with foxes & coyotes here. they are lovely but being carnivores they are dangerous to certain animals & birds….
    Like the Re tailed Hawk who swooped down & took a pigeon from the patio this past winter with me standign there watching. He was mighty…it humbled me I can tell you!
    As for Shaggy he has a noble look in his eyes. I hope he can find good food & put some weight back on. Precious boy…..I KNOW you will watch over him Bev πŸ˜‰
    Because you are the ‘ROO Lady’ πŸ˜‰
    (((HUGS))) Sherri-Ellen & Siddhartha Henry xx

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    • They sure are Savvy..and they need to survive and do that the only way they know how..i still think WE human are the worst predators and the cruellest..thankyou Savvy…Loves Miss Bev xx

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    • I agree sweeties..was not in the mood to play referee πŸ™‚ they are beautiful..despite their naughty habits πŸ˜‰ and the sweet roo is adorable..hope he gains some weight 😦 xxx

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  11. Oh Shaggy’s ribs do stand out. I think you like to name things just as Lee does. Surprisingly we are seeing a red fox in our community and Lee is afraid for me. Like your fox he does not seem to be intimidated.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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    • They do poor boy..i will keep an eye on him..and yes I think us peeps have a thing about naming things πŸ™‚ Foxes are lovely but very much a worry..and they are super nonchalant these days it seems! Stay out of trouble my friend πŸ™‚ loves Fozziemum xxx

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  12. Such fabulous photos (as always). We have foxes in my neighborhood but they always just look at me like phfft! Definitely not afraid of us. They always make me smile though. You’re right the last roo does look a little thin; hopefully he’ll fatten up before winter. πŸ™‚

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  13. We don’t have foxes here, butts we have coyotes that are just as destructive and have even deaded some small pets in our neighborhood. (I KNOWS they won;t start nothin’ with MOI !! ☺) Anyhu, that fox sure is cute! butts I LOVES Shaggy!! OMD, he is just adorables!! I LOVES that last pic! Too funny! ‘You lookin’ at ME?!’ bol
    FABulous pics!!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby β™₯

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    • Yikes Ruby! I know they are all pretty destructive..it is sad that they are seen as bad guys when they are trying to survive..it is a dilemma πŸ™‚ I bet you can fend for yourself really well too sweetie πŸ™‚ Yes Shaggy is very funny giving me the ‘look’ πŸ™‚ I hope he gets some weight on when the rains come..if ever they do urghhhh πŸ™‚ thanks sweets Loves Fozziemum xxx

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  14. Beautiful fox. I once lived near an old barn that had collapsed. A mother fox had her kits there, and the little ones would climb up the roof, now at ground level, and use it for a slide. They would play and play while mother kept watch.

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    • Wally and Sammy thankyou so much πŸ™‚ and I send my hugs and loves to Simone and hope she is home soon and feeling much much better ! loves Aunty Bev xxxx ❀ < 3

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  15. I am not a fan of real foxes. However they are fabulous pictures and the foxes were brought here against their will. perhaps we could round them up and send them back from whence they came? That fox looks so beautiful and funnily enough foxes make me the most money when I am selling amigurumi. A fox took my neighbours duck which was really sad. The photos of the roo boy are magic. That fox should be called “cheeky”!

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  16. That sure is a pretty fox. He is a big one. He sure is relaxed. Guess he gets along with the Roos. The picures of the Roo are just fabulous. It is so much fun to see them all up close and personal. That one does look a little thin. Great post.

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    • Marg thankyou…yes he is a pretty fox indeed πŸ™‚ and big for a girl too ..so the rabbits must be plentiful..yikes…yes that roo Shaggy is a bit thin…I am sure he will be fine..he could also be old..so hard to tell..not all older males have been big alpha boys..i will keep an eye on him as best I can πŸ™‚ thankyou sweets Hugs bev xxx

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  17. Oh, you can really see Shaggy’s ribs! Great photos, Bev. I hope he will continue to do OK. We have fox right in our neighborhood, and have seen whole families at times. We don’t seem them too often though, but one time one sat down in our garden area watching the dogs play! They are pretty. We used to worry about them more when we had outdoor cats, but now the cats stay indoors so we don’t have to so much.

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    • Jan thankyou πŸ™‚ and yes i hope he will be fine..i see some colour coming in to the paddocks so maybe he will have a feast soon..i agree Foxes are a worry for cats..so the catio is a bonus! how amazing watching the dogs play πŸ™‚ nature always thrills me πŸ™‚ xx

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  18. Beautiful fox and w eve a lot of cougar here prowling at night through the woods and lake trails through the woods. There are warnings up every where. They are either pregnant or expecting.
    Love Shaggys sweet face. Roos have the most adorable, sweetest faces.

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    • Oh wow cougars are beautiful too..i have seen in a photography mag a guy who set up special cameras rigged with special lights and the image he got of the cougar was amazing!! i agree thy have very sweet faces πŸ™‚ bless em πŸ™‚ xxx

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