Andean Fox

The Andean Fox (Lycalopex culpaeus) is one of the very few animals that can survive in the hostile environment of the Atacama Desert. Interesting fact about the Andean Fox is that it is actually not a fox but rather a species of wild dog. It is member of Pseudalopex (false foxes) genus. Pseudalopexes are located mostly in South America where they call them “Zorros” or “Lamb killers” although they don’t kill lambs any more.

Nikon D700, Nikkor AF-S 300 f/4D + Nikon TC-17EII @ 520mm, f/6.7, 1/750s, ISO400

I met this one near Chilean-Bolivia border close to Paso Jama hiding in one of many abandoned houses in the area. As soon as I saw him I took my camera with a telephoto lens resting in back-seat of my car and captured a series of pictures. Since I had no support for my camera many of my shoots were blurred, but at least some were sharp.

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