October - November, 2017
If you want to see the Red Fox, there aren’t many better places than Netherlands. We’ve spent couple of years successfully photographing foxes in our garden.
But there has been a lot of hype around this “Dune Fox” site recently, so we decided to visit the place.
Getting there. We booked a flight from London to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. From there we took a train to Amsterdam Sloterdijk, and then changed for Zandvoort. The journey takes around 50 min. Really easy!
Equipment. We took 70-200mm, 300mm and 500mm lenses. Sometimes even phone camera was useful as the foxes were very relaxed and easy approachable. We photographed using all three lenses depending on the situation, but 300mm and 500mm were used most of the time. Telephoto lenses were very handy for portrait and close-up shots.
If you decide to take your 500mm, bear in mind, it is a long walk to and from the nature reserve. It can only be accessed on foot; bikes and cars are not allowed to enter.
Best part – Photography. We’ve spent six exciting days photographing red fox. There are certain “hot spots” where foxes are most likely to be seen.
The weather was on our side most of the days, so we enjoyed soft warm light with a mix of autumn colors.
At the end of autumn foxes look chubbier as they get ready for winter.
Cubs, which are born in March, by the end of October, are much more mature but not quite adults.
We call them “teenagers”. Nevertheless, they are quite playful and it’s a joy to observe their behavior.
We’ve witnessed some fights between foxes. Most of the time it was young adults fighting older foxes for territory.
What we like most about the place is the possibility to catch golden colors of beautiful sunsets.
Well, you would probably ask: “Was it worth visiting Dune Foxes?” Of course, yes. It’s an adventure, excitement, memories and most important people you meet. Thank you very much Menno and Ruud.