More Fox and Badger pix

Well, this is really much more like it… last night the foxes were evasive, but the badger was on great form. The one downside was that we were shrouded in mist, but I took the shots anyway as it is relatively simple to clean them up in Lightroom/Photoshop.

Badger tucking in to peanuts

Badger tucking in to peanuts just after midnight

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No badgers yet this evening, but the beautiful male fox is beginning to realize that I am not a danger. It’s still a game of me keeping very still and him edging back and forth, but the dance lasted about 10 minutes tonight (and I was able to take a few photos)

Cautious male fox in the garden

Cautious male fox in the garden

But he is getting bolder, going back and forth for about 5-10 minutes

But he is getting bolder, going back and forth for about 5-10 minutes

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

The Garden is Getting Lively

The warm evenings have not only got me out into the garden, but have emboldened the local night prowlers. The foxes are still cautious, but they are learning! The badger, on the other hand, is just plain greedy and will do anything for peanuts (so cheap as well!). Here’s a few shots from the past several days, starting with a lanky fox.

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Lanky fox enjoying a chicken treat

The second fox is a striking male, but somewhat cowardly. He tends to lurk at the back of the garden which makes getting decent photos tricky.

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The fox and the apple (very nearly an Aesop’s fable)

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Here he is sitting at the back of the garden… his favourite spot

As for the badger, I took these last night. A fox was about to come to the front of the patio area but was scared off. Here’s who showed up in its place. A very relaxed badger…

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Badger relaxing over some peanuts

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Badger in black and white

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

Gull Gets a Fish

I can’t claim any of the traditional spectaculars with this (kingfisher diving, osprey swooping), but a bird catching a fish is still worth an airing. Even if it’s a common herring gull and the fish looks remarkably like a goldfish. The sequence was taken last Friday at Falmer Pond.

Herring gull catching goldfish at  Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Herring gull catching goldfish at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Herring gull catching goldfish at  Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Splash landing back in the water

Herring gull catching goldfish at  Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Taking it back to the bank

Herring gull catching goldfish at  Falmer Pond, East Sussex

The fish makes a final vain attempt to escape

Herring gull catching goldfish at  Falmer Pond, East Sussex

The herring gull displays its catch

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.