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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Badgers on my patch

I am starting to get the hang of my infra-red camera and it is getting results. I haven't had much luck over the past few days, the weather has been bad and the ground has been waterlogged, but last night it was dry so I set the camera up and look what I got, a heavily pregnant female and an hour later a handsome male came for a feed.
 
They both came back a couple of hours later to finish off the peanuts but strangely not together. Haritz of elcamperoinquieto.com said that badgers like honey so I am preparing a little treat for them. I found some owl pellets both containing the remains of voles so my next job is to put up some posts that the owls can use as perches. There is an absense of trees and bushes so I am hoping to do something about that over the coming weeks.

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  1. It's been years since I have seen a live Badger! Not sure why really, there are a few active sets around me, but I just never seem to be able to see them! What a treat to be able to film your own Badgers!
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  2. I shall feed these badgers occasionally and get them used to my smell and my presence and then when I have built the hide and they are feeding at a respectable hour then, who knows?

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  3. I forgot to mention John these pics. were taken between 1am and 4am. which is a bit too early for me.

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  4. Well done Mike or as you may well have babies to look forward to I suppose I should say congratulations ;-) I know I keep saying it but this project is really very exciting and I can tell you feel the same.

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    1. Hi Jan, I was dissapointed when I first saw the place but now I am getting very excited over what I may have.

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  5. Many years ago I saw my first Badger. I was alone walking in a wood taking nature notes, when I saw it approaching, so I hid behind a tree.It came so near that I held my breath.I had stumbled upon it's set
    and the entrance happened to be the next hollowed out old tree to where I was hiding.The memory of this encounter is so magical, and rates high on the list of first encounters, especially since I've never seen one since.

    What you are doing is so exciting.Good luck with your photos, and I hope the weather improves soon:) it will be a treat to see some little ones come spring.

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    1. Hi Breathtaking, I know how you must have felt on that occasion. One encounter I had a badger sniffed my foot as he went by. They can be very trusting when they get to know you.

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  6. Exciting. Here we have a saying that the Badger could bite very hard, until the bones crack....That´s why one should have high boots and filled with coal so that could sound like cracking bones....Probably not true...
    Wish you good luck!

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    1. I hope not Lasse, I think our badgers are a bit more friendly than that.

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  7. Nice shots, Mike, and good luck photographing them. I've just found my own set near home, and am engaged in the same sort of thing. Which trail camera are you using?

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    1. I have a bottom of the range Bushnell, X8 Trophy. I have the funding to get something more up-market, although the X8 does everything it lacks a bit of quality. I am still much trial and error at the moment.

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Mike Attwood - Photographer

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Evacuated during the second world war to a village in Yorkshire where I lived in the home of a good photographer for more than five years who taught me the basics and a great deal about nature. Well past retirement age I have been a wildlife photographer for more than 30 years. Red Kites have been my speciality for much of this period. I did spend several years snapping wheelchair athletes and organizing the British Road Race Championship. In the year 2000 I was awarded a distinction by the Royal Photographic Society for my portfolio on wheelchair athletes. Most of my pics are digital, using Sony cameras and Sigma lenses. I used to spend many weeks each year with friends in Wales which is close to the Elan Valleys where I got many of my raptor pics. I now get these pictures more closely to home, specially red kites and peregrines. I support my pension by selling my pics, cards, coasters, fridge magnets and key rings etc. at craft fairs, something I wish I had done much earlier in life. I give illustrated talks to clubs and societies on wildlife and other branches of photography that I have been involved in.