Cross foxes are a unique part-melanistic colour phase of the red fox that produces a silvery-black cross colouring of the normally red fur. The cross fox isn’t that rare – the further north you go, the more common it becomes and it’s certainly even more common that the relatively rare full-melanistic colour phase, commonly referred to as a silver fox. Spotting a cross fox, however, isn’t that easy and it was Jill’s first encounter and the best chance Simon has had to actually capture an image. Throw in fresh and falling snow, nice light and the fact we were actually able to capture a good image of a cross fox while it hunted and the sighting automatically jumps to our third most unique encounter of 2017. Plus, we just love foxes and there is something incredibly special about encountering a cross fox in the winter.