I could have named this post “15 minutes of wildlife “, since it happened in a short length of time. The weather has shifted back to rain and cooler temps. It was morning and I was enjoying a cup of tea, contemplating what the day would bring when I glanced out the sliding glass door to the backyard and saw a form. It was sitting on the edge of the blackberry bushes and open grass. Was it a cat or the elusive grey fox? It was situated far enough away that binoculars were needed. Once viewed, it was quickly identified as the grey fox! My husband happened to pop back into the house for a final goodbye and he was able to see it as well. The fox seemed to be surveying our weekends destruction of his passageway/habitat. It sat in the sunlight looking around (yes, we happened to have just a patch of sunlight during it’s visit). I was scurrying to figure out how to take photos using binoculars and an iPad. Not the easiest way to go, but that’s all I had. An iPhone would have been much easier and lighter. Dave helped focus and take the shots, hoping at least one might be semi focused. I was pleased with what came out. It certainly looks like the fox. It remained there for a few more minutes then retreated back into the vines.
After that excitement, the dogs went out to survey the property. I didn’t witness the next event, but realized Moby was licking or eating something on the ground. I immediately pulled on the boots and tromped out the door. Something light colored lay on the ground in front of him. My brain was already registering rabbit. Yes, it was his first adult rabbit kill. The proud and possessive dog didn’t want me to take the tasty kill from his paws. Somehow, he did relinquish control and I picked it up. Freshly killed. I never know what to do at this point. Do I allow him to consume it? Do I put it in the garbage? Maybe freeze it for a later drawing study? Call my nephew with the 15ft pythons and see if someone needs a snack? In the end, I chose to snap a few pictures (head shots) then take it to the far back where it will be consumed by other wild animals.
Such a beautiful little creature. Fortunately, they breed like bunnies and we will have plenty more to replace this one loss. I’ll gain something from having a few photos to work with. The miscellaneous critters out back will get a meal. Moby received some dog treats and praise for letting me step in and take his breakfast.