Dusk at the Badger Sett

WHEN: 13 May 2018, 20:55
WHERE: Guildford

After some kind friends introduced me to a Badger Sett near Guildford earlier in the summer I have been trying to work out whether it is occupied and what time to see any residents. After a bit of a wait for results from my camera trap it turns out the sett is home to all sorts of wildlife. On my 1st evening watch I was treated to some playful foxes (unfortunately I wasn’t ready with the camera) and a single badger emerging from one of the sett holes.
On this occasion I was worried of alerting the badger to my presence so not shots were taken, however this week I returned and managed to capture a somewhat sleepy badger exiting the sett.

Badger

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF (450mm equiv.) – F4, ISO 500, 1/40 sec.

The sett is very overgrown which is great for the wildlife but not so great for watching. Moments after taking this picture the breeze picked up and the badger got wind of me and returned back underground. I plan to return and try and work out which direction the badger leaves the sett to go foraging, my hope being I can capture a picture in more favorable lighting.

Talking of nice lighting the sunset was pretty special, this image was taken shortly after seeing the badger.

Sunset Meadow

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF (450mm equiv.) – F4, ISO 800, 1/8000 sec.

I already knew the sett was home to a fox family, some mice and rats and a selection of birds. So I was a little surprised when this character emerged from the undergrowth and got very curious what I was doing in her field. Light was fading fast as it was now a good 30 minutes after sunset, perhaps she will be a bit more accommodating on my next visit.

Roe Deer

Nikon D500, Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VRII at 200mm (300mm equiv.) – F2.8, ISO 6400, 1/250 sec.

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