A photographer captures two rare mammals in a single shot.
“I’d heard from locals that a black fox had been roaming the beaches — an extremely rare animal that even the elders hadn’t seen until recently,” says Rory Doyle, a photographer who sent us the above photo during a recent trip to Machiasport. “When I saw a black speck approaching, I hid behind the cliff bushes. My hiding spot worked, and the fox never saw me until my camera’s shutter went off. I still can’t figure out what it caught.” While Doyle captured on film a very rare melanistic red fox (commonly called a silver fox), it turns out the fox itself captured an eastern mole — a subterranean shrew-like mammal that, while common, can be difficult to spot above ground. For wildlife photographers that’s what’s called a “twofer.” —Will Bleakley