Milan Radisics Uses Motion Sensors To Capture Amazing Footage Of ‘Roxy’ The Wild Fox (26 Pics)

Published 6 months ago

Milan Radisics lives in a little cottage house in the middle of the forest. He soon noticed that there was a fox visiting his backyard in the middle of the night and began to observe its behaviours. He realised that the fox was in fact a vixen and would often bring her pup along with her on these explorations. 

No matter the weather, the vixen appeared curiously exploring the photographer’s backyard while keeping a keen eye on the human observing them from a distance. Milan was fascinated with the vixen that would spend up to an hour and a half daily engrossed in her explorations. He was thus inspired to create the following photo series capturing some amazing shots of the little vixen, whom he fondly calls ‘Roxy’, exploring his habitat.

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#1 Roxy In The Heavy Snowstorm

Roxy walking on the trunk in a heavy snowstorm, backlit with flash.

I watched the satellite images and waited for the snow and prayed for Roxy to arrive just in time. I was lucky when she was exactly at the planned location, I pressed the radio trigger to fly Roxy amongst the stars.

#2 Breath In The Harsh Winter

She circled in the village for an hour and a half, then appeared in my yard several times during the night regardless of the weather. That’s why I captured her in all the extreme weather conditions.

#3 Observation Point

Roxy observing the yard from the top of the old stone wall, and trying to decide if it was safe or not.
This is one of the safest points for her because from there she also sees the street and the courtyard.

#4 Jump

Roxy jumping from the trunk in the yard of a cottage house in the middle of the forest.

She always arrived in the yard from different spots. When she came over the wall, she jumped easily over the 120-centimeter obstacle. Upon leaving, she leaped elegantly from the 170-centimeter wall.

#5 Through The Hole

The fox enters my yard through the hole in the fence in the backyard.

#6 Observing Fox

Roxy hid behind the pine trees, watching the window and trying to decide if it was safe or not.

#7 Photographer Watching Subject

Roxy’s cub The Little Sausage, explores the yard.

#8 Little Sausage

Little Sausage, Roxy’s second-generation puppy, peeks through the window.

He’s not yet 3 months old, but he’s already walking around on his own, getting to know the neighborhood, and exploring everything in the yard.

#9 Roxy Drinking Water From The Small Plunge Pool

Underwater capture of Roxy drinking water from the plunge pool.

The vixen usually showed up four or five times a night, and I noticed that it would drink water on the third occasion. Presumably, Roxy had eaten enough from the neighborhood and got thirsty. I used a cable remote release and a constant light source. This picture was taken with an underwater camera.

#10 Roxy And The Bird Feeder

Roxy watches the inside of the bird feeder to collect the tallow scattered there.

#11 Roxy Watches The Mouse

Roxy entered the barn and disturbed the mouse that was snacking on sunflowers.

The abandoned barn, built in 1932, was full of mice, so I left the door open at night, and the foxes completely took over the room in three weeks.

#12 Mustaches

Roxy came soaking wet with mice in her mouth to show what she had hunted, just like cats do.

In the meantime, she hopes that she will get something to eat, and see if she can stuff it in her mouth.

#13 Wild Instincts

Roxy seizes the dead pheasant. I set the camera and motion sensor next to a dead pheasant in the meadow near my backyard. The camera sensor recorded interesting scenes of the lovable Roxy when her wild instincts took over.

#14 Roxy Searching For Snacks

Roxy is scrabbling inside a rotting trunk. The camera was triggered by a motion sensor.

The curiosity of the scene is that Roxy refused to get into the trunk while I watched her from the window. She just walked around and smelled it. She wanted to keep an eye on me all the time because if she didn’t see me for a moment, her instincts whispered she might be in danger. So all that was left was to use the motion sensor and at night, when I slept, the planned image was completed with undisturbed, natural behavior.

#15 Peekaboo

Little Sausage, Roxy’s second-generation puppy, peeks through hole in trunk.

He’s not yet 3 months old, but he’s already walking around on his own, getting to know the neighborhood, and exploring everything in the yard.

#16 The Epilated Fox

Bottom view of a fox’s epilated belly five days after giving birth to cubs. At the same time, we can see the raised foot posture, typical of foxes.

As I waited for Roxy at night, I read literature to learn about the life of foxes. Somewhere I read that at birth, a fox rips the hair out of its belly to line the nest and provide access during breastfeeding. I wanted to capture this in a picture, so I built a big glass table. The fox tried to get acquainted with the structure, so it jumped up 5 days after giving birth.

#17 Man And The Nature

Roxy poses in the limelight on the old seat on the porch of the traditional, 180-year-old cottage house, in Hungary.
In the evenings, I would turn on the lights in my yard and wait for my photo model to walk onto the set. Working exclusively at night allowed me to get creative with lighting. In some images, I used dramatic, studio-like lighting. In others, I balanced my flashes with ambient light. Working with such an appealing and unpredictable animal at night was both a great challenge and a wonderful opportunity to develop skills.

#18 Roxy With An Egg

Roxy comes out of the barn with an egg in her mouth. She takes the eggs to the cubs.

#19 Puppy In Garden

Little Sausage, Roxy’s second-generation puppy, appears in a garden.

He’s not yet 3 months old, but he’s already walking around on his own, getting to know the neighborhood, and exploring everything in the yard.

#20 Roxy Is Approaching

Roxy arrives at the yard in front of the traditional, 180 years old cottage house in Hungary. She usually came from 3 directions and always alternated between them.

#21 Sneaking Fox

Roxy sneaks in front of the traditional house in countryside of Hungary.

#22 Roxy Posing In The Barn

Roxy watches the flash while posing on the log in the abandoned barn.

The abandoned barn, built in 1932, was full of mice, so I left the door open at night, and the foxes completely took over the room in three weeks.

#23 Roxy In Garden

Roxy walking through the garden observing what’s new in the house.

#24 On The Way To Hedonism

Roxy living in the neighborhood raided a terrace on a house near the forest to collect the leftovers. Taken automatically by motion sensor trigger.

#25 Roxy On A Fallen Trunk

In one of the village’s courtyards, a rotten tree trunk fell during the night and fell into pieces.

The next day, Roxy examined the new shape and picked out the insects.

#26 Revelation

Roxy walks on the logs in very heavy fog. Volumetric light comes from the flash in the back.
She circles in the village for an hour and a half then appears in my yard several times during the night regardless of the weather.

That’s why I captured her in all the extreme weather conditions.

Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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