Tree Rat, Rabbit and More Badgers

A couple from the day, and then to the main event. I wasn’t really going to post yet more photos of rats, but this one caught my eye. The rat was in a tree that overhangs a rubbish bin and was considering making the dash across on that very narrow twig. It didn’t this time, but I’ve seen one make the reverse journey.

rat in tree

Altogether higher on the cuteness stakes is this young rabbit in the corner of a field. A bit overgrown (the undergrowth that is), which mars the shot slightly; but young rabbits are always worth a quick pic.

young rabbit

Now for the main event. I went outside relatively early (around 10pm) and waited quietly to see who would show up. Sure enough one of the badgers put in an appearance. Initially it retreated when it noticed me, but soon came back and settled down for a peanut feast.





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

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  1. derwandersmann March 24, 2015 at 1:31 am #

    I think you’re going to have to wait another year, year-and-a-half, for much increase in the fox population. I think they overpopulated last year, and crashed.

    • Words March 24, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

      dW, the local fox population fluctuates a bit, but there are three or four still around. We did lose one about a week ago (mange, found it in the garden). The badgers will tend to dominate the territory though, and I would need to work a bit harder to attract the foxes for the camera. Maybe if there are cubs nearby things will improve.