The Arctic Fox is probably the most unwanted creature on St. George Island. Unwanted by humans (not all), birds, and seals. Their life is far from easy. Most inhabitants get their food from the sea, but the foxes are restrained to the land.
This video focuses on foxes navigating a Fur Seal rookery in the autumn. Food is becoming less available, and the foxes spend their time wandering looking morsels. I love the interactions between the seals and the foxes, and it is fun to imagine what each are thinking about. The foxes are always around to clean up a deceased seal on the beach. Because of this I like to imagine that the seals view the foxes as a harbinger of death. If you pay attention, the roughest reaction is often by the mother seals with their pups close by. The foxes pose no real threat to the seals but the mothers shoo them away as to protect their baby from catching a disease from a beggar. Every time I watch these clips I find something new. One of my Favorite moments is at 3:20 In this interaction the fox has appeared to have actually found something. This could be the foxes meal for the day. The seal on the left will not let the fox be. Eventually the fox gives up and runs away.
It is so wonderful to sit and watch the foxes endless meandering through the minefield of seals. I try to capture these moments the best I can to share it with you.
I'd love to hear your thoughts about these interactions, or critiques of my filming. This is my first ever exclusively wildlife video, so I would love advice on how I can improve.
The Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus)
The Northern Fur Seal (Callorhinus ursinus)
Camera: Canon Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon 300mm f/4 with and without 1.4x extender
Programs: Final Cut Express, Adobe After Effects CS3, Adobe Soundbooth CS3
Special Thanks to Karin and The St. George Traditional Council
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