I went to Island Beach State Park on Sunday morning intent on grabbing a few shots of the Barnegat Lightouse, the coastal dunes and these Red Tail Fox I’ve been seeing on Flickr. For the latter part of 3 hours or so I didn’t see any form of life, human or animal. Now I had never been to Island Beach State Park and all I knew was that it’s about the only coastal barrier island on the Eastern seaboard that remains undeveloped and it’s home to quite a few of these guys.
The first few hours I walked along the southern most tip of the park and I have to tell you that this strip of beach is just gorgeous. Pix on that will be posted at a later date. After I had walked along the beach my next focus was to trek along some of the trails in the middle part of the island. I have to admit I was not impressed with the first few trails and without any sign of life I was getting quite discouraged. It wasn’t till the last trail that I sighted one of these guys and this was as close as he would let me get before scurrying into the brush. So I continued my walk on the trail and eventually drawn to the fact that that would be my only sighting…..Time to go home.
I walk out of the trail and turn a blind corner to find 3 cars of people snapping away pictures of 4 red tail fox. I’m thinking I must have flushed them out and began to seize the moment. These guys were not a bit intimidated by any humans and in fact seemed to be posing waiting for a reward. I must have shot for 15-20 minutes as they walked around oblivious to all humans and cars for that matter. I must have shot 60 pictures and I only managed 3-4 keepers that included a good look at their beautiful eyes. They wouldn’t look anywhere near me. That reminded me of that old saying….”sly like a fox” .