Badgers in the light

I’ve been trying to catch the Badgers in the sett near me in the last of the evening light, each time the wind has been in the wrong direction – leaving me with the fading sunlight in my eyes. Although not great for photography, having the breeze blowing in a constant direction made watching the young cubs at the sett a lot easier ! with the young coming ever closer.

The problem then is that they’re too close , literally under my feet – all you can do then is watch as they root around for food and scuffle with each other. most of the shots were taken at about ten to six feet away.

With the days getting longer i hope to see more of them in the light for a change.

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Smallest of the cubs

Smallest of the cubs

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Family Portrait

Family Portrait

Pushing the opposition out of the way

Pushing the opposition out of the way

 

Badger cubs

The Badgers young are now out and about, Still small about 14″ long they stay close to the Sett entrance but are not that timid, Sometimes coming too close. As i Move around only two meters away from them they’re totally unconcerned, Concentrating on the peanuts scattered about. Sudden noise sends them trotting back into the sett only to reappear within a minute or two, to carry on the business of finding food.

The pictures were taken with flash and the Badgers are totally unconcerned , showing more interest in the click of the camera earlier on when the light was better. After the first shutter click this too has no effect either !

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In Search of Snakes

Now that the warm weather has finally arrived i’ve tried to find some snakes , with some luck , Adders mostly , actually they’re the only ones i’ve seen so far . Walking through the heather spotting them can be difficult , it seems you see them when your not trying ! and they’re close , not more than two or three feet away , one i saw was coming towards me and slipped up and over the toe of my boot , only after did i think ” what if it went up the leg of my trousers !” Ahh !

It makes you very careful where you place your hands on some of the steeper slopes, in all i spotted five in about two hours , ranging in colours , very light buff , olive to green ,

More to follow.

Light coloured Adder

Light coloured Adder

Darker olive

Darker olive

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