The Foxes of West Kilburn


Queen's Park Foxes - photocatalyst

My desk overlooks the West Coast Main Line as it approaches Euston station through London’s inner suburbs of West Kilburn, between Kensal Green and Queen’s Park.

Queen's Park Foxes - photocatalyst
Queen's Park Foxes - photocatalyst

Every evening, as the light begins to fade and photography gets difficult, the fox family emerge from their den, hidden in the scruffy overgrown scrub and Network Rail supplies dump beneath the Chamberlayne Road.

Queen's Park Foxes - photocatalyst
Queen's Park Foxes - photocatalyst
Queen's Park Foxes - photocatalyst

At least three of them, including cubs, almost fully grown now.

Queen's Park Foxes - photocatalyst
Queen's Park Foxes - photocatalyst

But not quite independent, still playing and learning how to hover up each day’s trainkill and catch the mice in the embankments.

Queen's Park Foxes - photocatalyst
Queen's Park Foxes - photocatalyst

And still learning to live with the full time parade of Virgin Pendolinos and container freight trains.

Queen's Park Foxes - photocatalyst

I don’t think they’ve spotted me yet.

Queen's Park Foxes - photocatalyst

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