Chance encounter with Reynard

07th October 2011
I was out early this morning looking for any winter thrushes that might have arrived overnight, no luck unfortunately. However, I saw a group of magpies scatter from where they were feeding among some molehills and it's lucky I was hidden away because I was able to observe this beautiful fox appear from the hedgerow. It began chasing something which must have ran down a mole-run. The fox quickly dug out the molehill and I could see it had a rat in its jaws. It killed it instantly, chewed it up and swallowed it. It then ran off looking for its next meal. It was all over very quickly but a great spectacle to see.
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