Sleepy fox. Known in Ecuador as Lobo (wolf) de Páramo or Andean Fox in English. This handsome fella belongs to the genus Lycalopex which are not true foxes, but a unique genus more closely related to wolves and jackals and found only in South America.
I got super lucky one morning, 13,000' up in the Northern Andes when I spotted this guy before he spotted me. I was able to follow him for a while until he decided to take a nap on an exposed rock. Quietly, I flanked him and climbed the lava flow to get a vantage point above him and got to hang out with him as he tossed and turned for about an hour. Encounters like this are why I sometimes enjoy being alone outdoors as I'm able to benefit from the silence and blend into the landscape a lot easier to observe behaviors impossible to witness in a group!
Taken for the Ecuadorian NGO Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco @fundacionjocotoco