Foxes at Kellys

To: Lindell <>, Martin Butterfield <>
Subject: Foxes at Kellys
From: Con Boekel <>
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:03:25 +0000


Great shot! And it does catch the behaviour very nicely!



On 11/26/2017 5:59 PM, Lindell wrote:
All that has been said here would no doubt explain these photos I took in November last year at Kelly's Swamp. I thought the ducks would have run for cover but they appeared to be attracted towards the fox.

This link should take you to the photos on my flickr site.


Mawson ACT

On 26 November 2017 at 15:57, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:
The use of dogs as decoys is described in detail on page 159 of Sir Peter Scott's magnificent autobiography "The Eye of the Wind".  He also refers to the ducks mobbing foxes.  Sir Peter notes that technique was invented in Holland in the sixteenth century.


On 26 November 2017 at 08:32, Con Boekel <> wrote:


Interesting! This brought to mind a technique used to trap ducks that I saw in Holland. A small, specially trained dog, is used to lure the ducks towards the trap. The behaviour of the ducks in the instance that you have noted at Kelly's - moving towards the fox - seems to be an example of duck behaviour that makes the use of a lure dog, or a decoy dog, practicable. Large numbers of ducks were caught at the trap I observed. But these were all then banded and released for research purposes. See attached link for details.



On 11/25/2017 6:58 PM, Wallaces wrote:
  At Kellys yesterday, two foxes, one in the open and the other hidden
(location marked with red arrow). The one in the open seemed to be looking
for the swamphen chicks which emerged from the vegetation behind it after it
left. The ducks moved towards the visible fox rather than away but stayed in
the water at a respectful distance.


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