Fox numbers are on the increase in Britain due partly to the parliamentary bill banning hunting with dogs.
Many foxes are now creeping into the urban landscape and also into the parks and suburbs of London, Hampstead Heath being no exception.
During early mornings, the author has noted foxes on The Heath Extension, The Vale Of Health, Kenwood and Hampstead.
Foxes (Canidae family) are omnivorous and are slightly smaller than the medium-sized ddomestic dog.
In the wild, foxes can live for up to 10 years, but most foxes only live for 2 to 3 years due to road accidents and diseases.
Reynards (male foxes) weigh, on average, around 5.9 kilograms (13 lb) and vixens (female foxes) weigh less, at around 5.2 kilograms (11.5 lb).
Unlike many canids, foxes are not always pack animals.
Typically, they live in small family groups, and are opportunistic feeders that hunt live prey (especially rodents).
Using a pouncing technique practiced from an early age, they are usually able to kill their prey quickly.
The author took the picture opposite, just outside the Kenwood Stable Gate, by the boundary fence on 13th May at about 6-45am.
The author took the picture above right, just outside the Kenwood Stable Gate, by the boundary fence on 13th May at about 6-45am.