While the humans sleep the urban foxes prowl. The darkness of night is their cover, their camouflage, the silent keeper of their secrets. But the Fox Cam doesn't keep secrets, and each night we get to watch the nocturnal creatures scavenge the Bone Yard -- the feeding station at an undisclosed urban location.
There's one I call "Old Crooked Tail" because of the distinguishing crook of the tail. Another one I call "Swoop" because of the long swooping tail. But as soon as I get one named a series of photos taken seconds apart will show a fox producing both tail formations. And it leads one to suspect that all these appearances are by the same fox. But then on a rare occasion more than one fox will appear in a frame, so it's back to the search for some tail-tell distinction.
For starters this week, take a look at the two photos below and spot the difference.
It's the time stamp. The fox is in almost the exact same spot and position in each photo, but the second photo was taken about 31 hours after than the first. I think we have to assume it's the same fox in both. And look a that beautiful, curved "S" shaped tail. Could that be Swoop? Maybe.
Swoop walked off stage and then came back five minutes later. But wait a minute.
That's not Swoop, that's Old Crooked Tail. Maybe they travel together but keep enough distance that they don't appear in the same frame. Or maybe it's the same fox, and the tail look isn't a distinguishing mark after all.
Oh well. If we watch long enough maybe we'll get an answer. Til next time.
P.S. There was an interesting set from Sunday night in which Black Cat had his face buried in chicken leg, looked hard right, then took off like a rocket. An hour later the fox arrived, moved in on the chicken, looked hard right, and took off like a rocket. Something was going on off camera, but the animals weren't talking. Maybe if we have a slow week in the future I'll post that set.