Same fox as yesterdays photos . . . I turned my back on him and was fiddling with my backpack and twirled in time to see him eyeballing the back of my calf - cheeky little monkey!
It is a unique ecosystem out here compared to other places in Alaska - the fox (or perhaps the bald eagle) is the top of the non-marine food chain out here; there are wild horses but no coyote, wolf, bear, moose or caribou. It is always nice to see the foxes, themselves not indigenous to the Aleutians, remnants of the old days of fox farming for furs. There have been a couple times there has been a fox on my front doorstep when I opened the door to walk the dog - a moment of amazed silence followed by extreme chaos as everyone comes to their senses.
I miss the large land mammals of Alaska - they added a sense of spice to the outdoors that is lacking out here - there aren't even really any biting insects due to the wind. Being charged by a moose in rut, or surprising a bear when hiking or - rarest of all, just a handful of times in 20 years as an Alaskan for me - seeing a wolf in the wild, those are times that live in memory forever.
We do have fantastic ocean wildlife though - whales, porpoises, sea otters, seals, sea lions - and the birding is wonderful as well. And of course those sneaky little foxes . . . . .
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