Hunting Voles

Today’s post comes from my second trip to Hallo Bay, Alaska, in 2005. This was my first trip to Hallo Bay in the spring and I saw much different bear activity than I had seen on my first trip, which was in the fall of 2004. In addition to the bears wooing and mating, grazing on the sedge meadows and digging up razor clams at low tide, the Red Fox was very active. These images were of a red fox that was hunting voles in the meadow while we were watching bears in the meadow.

In this first image, it looks like the fox was staring us down and running right at us. He certainly was headed our direction, but he stopped well short of us and searched the grasses for a vole:

Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

Eventually, after catching and consuming a couple of voles, he continued to head in our direction. I was amazed on this first spring trip, to see how close the red foxes would come to us. If we sat still, they would often come right up and sniff our boots. They were so used to photographers coming to this meadow for bear photography that they knew we were not a threat. And what a joy for us!

Red Fox

On this Christmas Eve, wishing all of my blog readers a very Merry Christmas!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 2 body
  • Canon EF 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4X TC, shot from 265mm to 560mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”, while seated
  • ISO 200 (very cloudy day, so cranked up ISO to keep from blurrying any movement the bison made)
  • Aperture f/11
  • Shutter 1/125 sec. to 1/250 sec.



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  • Wendy

    Merry Christmas Jim! to you and your loved ones….Thank you so much for all of your wonderful photos which brighten even the dullest of days..I’m laughing..this little fellow lends absolute validity to the term ‘Sly as a fox” especially with the look in the last shot, how wonderful that they would come so close..

    Thank you again. and a very Merry Christmas once more …

    Wendy and Cookie Cat xox

  • Thanks, Wendy and Cookie Cat! Yes, they are quite sly … and very smart. The few times I spent with them were awesome! Wishing you and Cookie Cat a Very Merry Christmas … and a Wonderful New Year of great times and good health! :o)

  • Scott

    Fantastic, Jim. Love that suspended animation in the first shot. It’s always a treat to see a nice healthy red fox.

  • Thanks, Scott! Yes, always great to find a nice fox! :o)