Blue! (or actually brown)

By: Arjen Drost

Oct 14 2014

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Category: mammals, nature, Photography, Polar


Focal Length:400mm
Shutter:1/160 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
‘Blue’ Arctic Fox

In Arctic Foxes there are two different colour morphs: white and blue foxes. In Spitsbergen nearly all animals are of the white variety. This means they are pale brown in summer and pure white in winter. This means they are well adapted both in winter and in summer. Around three procent of the population is a blue fox. These animals, like the on in this image, are dark brown all year round. This means they are camouflaged in summer, but not in winter. Why they are called ‘blue fox’ I don’t know, as I never managed to find any blue in them…

Until this year I had only seen blue foxes twice on Spitsbergen, both times quite far away, too far for good pictures. This year I saw one in Diskobukta, Edgeøya. As I had a little time alone, I managed to follow him for a bit and grab this picture. My first real Blue Fox picture.


3 comments on “Blue! (or actually brown)”

  1. Truly lovely creature, and a wonderful photo. 🙂

  2. This photo is stunning! I love it.

  3. Wonderful image of a beautiful animal. Congratulations on seeing (and photographing) such a rare species in that location.

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