More Badgers, plus something to Google for

More badgers tonight, but I’ll get to them in a minute. I’m going to start with an early morning shot from Falmer Pond of one of the local rodents.


The rats were very active today (sunshine brings them out), and so it seems were Google; or at least their Street View car which I encountered this afternoon outside the university’s conference centre at Varley Halls, on the outskirts of Brighton. The car cannot have missed me so I’ll now be checking Google Maps to see when they update the image.

Google Street View car

Meanwhile our garden goes on providing a haven for local wildlife. A fox popped its head up early evening (but was gone before I could even think about a photo). The newts don’t have such an easy escape and since I cleared it out a little at the weekend I can actually see them.

Smooth newt

I’ll get down to some serious macro work at some point, but at the moment my 200mm is glued to the camera at night all the better to photograph the badgers. Here’s a couple of portraits.



Camera note: newt and photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens. The rat and Google car taken with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. Darko April 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    Badgers might be shy but rats seems to be pretty bold, it seems 😛

    • Words April 26, 2015 at 11:43 am #

      Darko, the rats are used to people there so just ‘run around’, but are ‘neophobic’, so can be nervous of new things (or people). A good survival technique. The male badger, meanwhile, is getting quite bold indeed.

  2. Adele April 25, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    Great shots of the badger. I wonder how many foxes have been filmed in passing by Google, come to think of it.

    • Words April 26, 2015 at 11:47 am #

      Adele, thanks!. The badger is cooperating now so I should get some good photos. I’m sure Google have photographed lots of wildlife… unfortunately they sometimes run into them as well

      • Adele April 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

        That’s sad. New York certainly has a big problem with deer being hit by cars. I saw 20+ roadkill victims while travelling down the eastern US by bus some years back.

        • Darko April 29, 2015 at 1:53 pm #