Two by Two

I aimed foxcam over the back garden fence again last night but earlier than usual so I could set it up in the fading light. No bait was involved, either.

Fox pairI’m glad it was out early because the first action was at 18:38 when two Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) sauntered past. The further Fox soon wandered casually off stage but the closer one came up the pathway towards our gate and sniffed about for some time. Their casual proximity makes me think they might be a pair.

An hour later a torch appeared being carried by a Man (Homo sapiens) who was reasonably swiftly joined by his so-called best friend, a Dog (Canis lupus familiaris). Walkies!

Muntjac male browsingAfter Man and Dog had cleared the stage a Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) – in this country they are Reeves’ Muntjac – female wandered by without pause before a male, with a splendid set of antlers, spent about about 5 minutes shortly before 23:00 calmly munching the vegetation outside our garden gate. In this shot you can just make out the diagnostic black “V” shape [news to me] on the front of its forehead.

Muntjac pairThe last action was, rather surprisingly, ten minutes before midnight, when a Muntjac pair, one male and one female, entered unhurriedly from stage right. The male browsed a little but not for long; maybe the earlier male had eaten the most succulent bits.

So, nothing between midnight and dawn, which I find a little curious and, considering my previous post featured Badgers (Meles meles) strongly, where were they?

Pairing up, eh? Spring must be in the air.

Posted in 2019 Sri Lanka

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