And if a locally reliable foraging site is adopted by an overwhelming number of badgers, they will select the hours in which their much heavier and stronger rivals are sleeping peacefully in their setts.
She came in full daylight yesterday, watchful...
...and watched, by that eternal harasser of all things carnivore.
Of course, there are pulls as well as push factors to a fox's decision to become active in daylight. They crave sunshine as much as a cat; at least, they do here where the weather is always uncertain. Perhaps the desert foxes in the Rann of Kutch react with equal fascination to rain.
Badgers are more predictable in their outlook. I've seen them in broad daylight less than five times in all my years of watching British wildlife. Even though the peanuts fallen from the feeders are capturing their attention more and more, they still hide away until dusk.
Four adults came last night, and this - a cub of the year