Culpeo
Also known as the Andean Fox, the culpeo very closely resembles North America's red fox and ranges up and down the western spine of South America, from Peru to Cape Horn - this one in Patagonia.

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Wed Jul 21, '10 08:05AM
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Media ID 20130106203006422  
Date Wed Jul 21, '10 08:05AM
Comments 3
Views 1142
Uploaded By Patrick Flynn
Aperture Value f//5.6
Date/Time Wed Jul 21, '10 08:05AM
EXIF Image Height 960 pixels
EXIF Image Width 1440 pixels
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash No Flash
Focal Length 400 mm
ISO 400
Make Canon
Metering Mode Center Weighted Average
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed Value 1/1250 sec
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There are so many positive things to say about this. I love that the grass is leaning the same direction as the angle of the fox's back. I love the warm color of the grass matching the warm color of the coat of the fox. And I am super impressed with the sharpness. I also love the left side placement of the body with the head turned facing back into the frame. With those eyes squinting a bit and the grass leaning, I can feel the wind blowing right to left across the frame. This conveys both stillness and movement all at once. This should be framed and hung on a wall. It is magnificent.

The sharpness of the fox, especially with the 400mm is fantastic and your attention to the eyes in bringing them out really add to the image.  Never heard of this and great to see such a majestic animal in a majestic position.  I love the blue/orangish blend of the photo too.   The fox seems a little dark to me.  Have you tried brining him out more?  Fantastic!

Wow, thanks Walter! I appreciate the compliments. I was happy with what the 100-400mm lens delivered for sharpness and resolution all the way out at 400. Lighting has to cooperate for that to happen and I got lucky there.

Richard, I could definitely pop the fox some more, though this image (for color, brightness and contrast) appears differently on three separate monitors I use - and clearly different again on yours. Even my calibrated monitor demonstrates a big color and contrast shift for this (or any) image when opened via PS versus TPN. So I'm resigned to never perfecting an image universally...but always open to suggestion!