Late night garden surprises
Sunday, March 25, 2012 11:36:41 PM
A late afternoon trip to Rottingdean produced next to nothing... even the fulmars were barely in evidence (I saw just one). We did have another fine sunset. I waited until just after the sun had disappeared below the horizon for this shot.
Tonight though was different. Stepping outside I noticed the infra red lights illuminate the trail cam. I couldn't see what had triggered it, but then heard some loud lapping from the water tray. I stepped forward cautiously. So did the badger!
We both nudged forward a step or two more.
Those are nasty looking wounds, probably the result of a fight with another badger. She (?) was moving freely though, and didn't seem unduly bothered by them.
She didn't stay long, retreating calmly to the rear of the garden and then navigating the border of the garden to exit through a convenient gap in the fence.
And then another occasional visitor appeared. This one was much smaller, but like badgers has a taste for peanuts. Yes, the wood mouse is back.
Camera note: badger and wood mouse shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens. The butterflies and sunset were photographed with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.