Lyme wildlife

I meet a patient red fox in the Lyme graveyard.

I’ve not been blogging lately, but I have been getting out. Several sightings of a bald eagle soon after our return to Lyme (New Hampshire) had me excited to visit its favorite perches with my long lens, hoping for an opportunity for some great photos. Despite many evening walks and morning paddles, he was never home when I came knocking.

Nonetheless, in the two months we’ve been home I have seen an amazing variety of wildlife within two miles of our house – black bear, red fox, white-tailed deer, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, blue heron, mallard duck, canada goose, kingfisher, hummingbird, beaver, osprey, loon, and my first ever sighting of a bobcat. I just never seem to have my camera handy when they come by. Until today! Read on.

A red fox in the Lyme graveyard.

I was out at sunrise to drive around Lyme, seeking peak fall-foliage colors that have appeared in some of the rural parts of town. On my way home I passed through the center of town and noted some brilliant red and orange maple trees in the church graveyard; I pulled into the parking lot across the street and got out to explore. Behind the church, where I parked, there is a historic row of 27 horse sheds (“the longest line of contiguous horse sheds in New England” [Lyme]). Just as I passed the last shed, I heard a sudden rustle behind me and, whirling around, I saw the fox dash behind me and cross the street toward the graveyard. I popped off a quick shot.

A red fox dashes toward the Lyme graveyard.

Once in the graveyard, he paused. I quietly crossed the street and climbed over the fence, approaching slowly. Several times he moved into position, sat patiently while I photographed him, and then moved to a new position. The photo above is from one of those pauses. Although I had my long 200-500mm lens in the car, I had only my 16-80mm in my hand, so it had to do. Eventually we came to a truce, him sitting on one side of the yard and me on the other. I returned to the car to get the long glass, and quickly returned, but by then he was nowhere to be found.

There are several more photos of this fox in the gallery, as well as some not-so-great shots of the red-tailed hawk, the bobcat, and some fresh bear and moose scat :=).

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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