I was positioned between this red fox's den (and her two kits) and her feeding grounds with a good sun angle for an approach.
She had recently brought home dinner and would always go right back out to hunt again and that was the case this time.
I knew that she was coming, but I was not able to see her as her distance closed due to the thick brush.
Suddenly, she hopped up on this log, in plain view at a close distance, stopped and looked back while being lit by a late afternoon sun.
I couldn't have orchestrated her behavior any better.
I grabbed a quick burst of insurance shots and quickly moved the selected focus point for a better composition.
Being able to quickly change focus points is a key skill for wildlife photography.
The fox being close, made the framing tight, but in the seconds it paused, I was able to capture enough images to build this panorama, adding a small amount of border to the top and left side of the primary frame.
This particular fox's mottled coat and head angle along with the bright sun causing her to squint produces an especially sly look.
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm f/4.0 1/1600s
9165 x 6160px