Cute Badger Video plus…

Another mainly badger post this weekend, but if I have time I’ll slip in some daytime wildlife as well. I’m going to start with a short clip taken by trail camera a few nights ago. It’s a sequence which shows some behavioural traits as two badgers meet in the garden.

Cute, eh?

Now for a few photos… This is the bolder of the pair. We spotted him at the rear of the garden. He backed off when I went out to lay out some peanuts for him, but soon returned. Their sense of smell is acute. He stood at the rear of the garden sniffing for while, and hten headed down the path straight to the small supply of food. I was 10-15 feet further down the garden with the camera.

Badger on steps

Badger on steps

Badger on the path

Badger on the path

Badger on the path

Ok, some daytime stuff from last week. The current pick of the birds at Falmer are the house martins, swifts and swallows. Mostly they are sweeping the skies overhead for insects, but they also skim the pond (though getting decents shots of that is even trickier than following hteir erratic flight paths against the sky. Hence, sky shots.

House martin

House martin

House martin

House martin

Swallow

Swallow

Swift

Swift

Swift

Swift

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Camera note: all badger photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens. Birds and rats with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

4 Comments

  1. Adele May 31, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    Interesting – haven’t seen that behaviour before. You’re doing better with the summer migrant birds than I am. Not many at all in Surrey this year.

    • Words June 4, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

      Adele, it was a new one on me as well. The two badgers are together quite often. For everything else it’s a case of whatever is around (mainly house martins), but I did spot a peregrine this morning (always a good way to start the day).

  2. Darko June 3, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

    Yes, as Adele said, very interesting. Are they related or this is just a friendly gesture?

    • Words June 4, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

      Darko, probably both (friendly and related). Badgers tend to live in family units so I’m sure these two are from the same sett.