A Nice Selection of Wildlife

After a very quiet weekend the weather has improved slightly. It's still damp, but clearing and there were even glimpses of blue above. For once though I kept the camera pointed low. These are the pick of the shots from the day.
Squirrel

Pheasant

Robin

I also spent some time out in the garden this evening. The moon was full, and casting a beautiful (but impossible to photograph) halo. The garden spiders were active, as you'd expect at this time of year.

And at the rear of the garden one of the badgers came out to graze.


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Camera note: daylight shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Night shots taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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19 Comments

  1. derWandersmann October 30, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    Nice ones, Words …
    The ringneck is a classic shot, and I love your European robins. Maybe we could do a swap: You'd get a bunch of our American goldfinches in trade for some of your robins. Maybe some of our scarlet tanagers for your coniferous forests, too.
    Do you have that spider pic upside-down, or is she performing the spider version of the Indian rope trick?
    Mr Badger seems happy.

  2. innitlike October 30, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    Damn good pics. That badger is a real catch! They're such shy animals. (10/10) 😮 :cheers:

  3. serola October 31, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Very nice selection indeed :up: That picture of Robin is just perfect :wizard:

  4. SittingFox October 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Rather plump-looking spider! :bug:

  5. gdare November 1, 2012 at 1:11 am #

    Nice pheasant. I haven't seen them for a while!!!

  6. Words November 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    dW, thanks. The spider was abseiling down so the shot is the right way up. (As is our moon 😉 ). The pheasants are quite common around here, though scarcely native. Maybe we could trade the pheasants for an eagle or two.

  7. Words November 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Sami, thanks. I was pleased with the robin, partially backlit and a very well designed perch.

  8. Words November 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Darko, I quite often see them in the distance, but it was nice to get reasonably close. This one just wandered off into a little wood.

  9. Words November 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    innitlike, the badgers are very shy but such beautiful creatures.

  10. Words November 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Adele, she is. Which reminds me… we've had hoards of spiderlings appear indoors in the past week. :bug:

  11. derWandersmann November 3, 2012 at 1:11 am #

    Pheasants are imports here, too. Hunters, I fancy … at any rate, that who is interested in them now.

  12. Words November 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    dW, well actually our government ministers are interested in them. They proposed (and then withdrew under a torrent of protest) a plan to disturb buzzard nests in order to 'protect' game birds.

  13. derWandersmann November 4, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    "Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain."
    ——Friedrich Schiller

  14. Words November 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    :up:

  15. ICU109 November 8, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    badger in fairyland, that's what the surroundings look like to me. We here in Michigan have black squirrels too, came over in the same carpool I guess as the Canadian Geese. When I lived in Indiana, never saw a black squirrel, not till moved here to Port Huron in 76 did I see one. And of course, our American Robin so different from the cute little one up here. But the song is so plaintive to listen to at dust or dawn of a summer day! Always loved it!

  16. Words November 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Kathy, it's funny how the names of animals travel and apply to quite different looking species. I've never seen a black squirrel, and I can't remember if I've ever seen a native red squirrel in the wild. All we have in the south of England are the greys.

    Badger do have something quite magical about them. :wizard:

  17. derWandersmann November 10, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    Blacks are a melanistic phase of greys, Words … and where they are present, there are usually lots of very weird black/grey variants around.
    If memory serves, I've seen blacks in and around Battle Creek, Michigan, and Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

  18. Words November 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    dW, I assumed as much, but clearly the gene pool has made them more populous in some areas. We get rare reports; similarly with white 'greys'.

  19. derWandersmann November 11, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    As I recall, it's a combination of two relatively rare recessives.