Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Update and the Pribilof Arctic Fox

Pribiloff Arctic Fox - Vulpes lagopus pribilofensis
Good day to everybody, yes, I am still here, but my back is still been bother me, and I've been taking it easy preparing for my trip to Costa Rica, which starts tomorrow.  This'll be my third trip down to Costa Rica, joining my friends Greg Bosco and José Lopez.  I will be posting pictures on my Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/myer.photobee1.

Since I have not been out a great deal, I have been working on cataloging and reprocessing some of my older pictures.  In this blog, I am going to talk about the Pribiloff Arctic Fox - Vulpes lagopus pribilofensis, also known as the Blue Fox.  On all the Pribilof Islands, there are only three land mammals, arctic fox, shrew and lemming.  St. Paul Island only has the arctic fox and the shrew.
Pribiloff arctic fox is a subspecies of the arctic fox and probably arrived on the islands via drift ice and has differentiated itself from the rest of the Arctic foxes on the mainland.  The foxes are located all over St. Paul Island and can be found roaming through the town where they pick up scraps to eat.  Their diet consists small mammals, birds, bird eggs, berries, carrion, and garbage.

When you are out walking through the tundra especially close to the cliff edges, you have to be careful not to step into a foxes den.  The Pribiloff arctic fox a very agile and can climb down cliffs in order to capture eggs which the seabirds lay on the cliffs.

It is enjoyable watching the foxes as they hunt through the the tundra especially when flowers are in bloom.
Pribiloff Arctic Fox - Vulpes lagopus pribilofensis

Pribiloff Arctic Fox - Vulpes lagopus pribilofensis

Pribiloff Arctic Fox - Vulpes lagopus pribilofensis


We were even lucky to find a den which had some young kits, who made good photographic subjects.
Pribiloff Arctic Fox - Vulpes lagopus pribilofensis

Pribiloff Arctic Fox - Vulpes lagopus pribilofensis

Pribiloff Arctic Fox - Vulpes lagopus pribilofensis