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Skywatcher
03-05-2010, 08:18 PM
Well look who came just as dusk was falling this evening -never seen him in quite such light before so had to try and take his photo

Beautiful little visitor, he is only a cub and is only slightly bigger than our cat , who was sat the other side of the double glazing growling like mad :lol:

Now these aren't supposed to be 'incredible wildlife photos' as there was virtually no light and I couldn't use a flash I used the 1.8 50mm prime with the iso cranked up as high as it could go and most shots are at between 1.8 and 2.8 just to get enough light in

Beautiful isn't he :D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3388/4575487975_8ce8cf9f83_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4062/4575487329_8010febe30_b.jpg

Claws in focus on this one - you can see why he digs up the lawn

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4575488651_59fb9d9b8d_b.jpg

And finally a very noisy photo through bird mess encrusted double glazing but a picture I will treasure for years :D

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4575489225_57411a0f77_b.jpg

Claire
03-05-2010, 08:32 PM
Oh bless him! Does he visit often Chris? I'd love to see a picture of your growling cat! :laugh:

keith
03-05-2010, 08:32 PM
Truly superb :) Love them :yes:

(did I mention the 5dMKII has superb high ISO ;) :taunt:

daveann
03-05-2010, 08:42 PM
oh wow thats fab :)

Britchick
03-05-2010, 08:44 PM
Oh thank goodness thought Dawn was singing that song again! Great photos Chris

lisaw
03-05-2010, 08:47 PM
Awwwwwwww I love badgers - great photos! :thumbsup:

Deafjeff
03-05-2010, 09:09 PM
Simply wonderful!!!!

Skywatcher
03-05-2010, 09:11 PM
We have seen as many as 5 at once but this year we have only seen 2 - they visit every night and we put down peanuts for them :) - never managed to get more than a blurr before

Skywatcher
03-05-2010, 09:13 PM
(did I mention the 5dMKII has superb high ISO ;) :taunt:

:dozey: :lol:

josh.p.
03-05-2010, 09:43 PM
I wish we had such wild life in our garden :yes: Although I'm glad we don't (cos of the torts) That last shot is superb!

Isafari
03-05-2010, 10:41 PM
Awe!!!!!

Tinkfan
04-05-2010, 12:05 AM
:wave: We used to have a family of woodchucks that lived under our deck, they would come out every morning at dawn and at dusk. They are teriffic parents and lived for 3 years as a unit but disappeared the forth year sadly. They were great fun to watch! :yes:

kazzaqld
04-05-2010, 01:32 AM
So cute! :thumbsup:

I don't think I've ever seen one before - because of course they don't live here. :sorry:

Tink
04-05-2010, 02:31 AM
Aren't they rather vicious, or am I thinking of a different animal? :unsure: Not that any wild animal should be considered tame.

He is a pretty one though! I love the last shot.

Shellyamc
04-05-2010, 04:41 AM
mushroom mushroom..


sorry :unsure: He really is a cutie though :D

Skywatcher
04-05-2010, 06:48 AM
:lol: no Tink they aren't vicious I think you are thinking of the honey badger which has quite the reputation - these chaps are very very shy and will scarper if they see you

Dawn
04-05-2010, 06:55 AM
:awesome:

And I notice that Pooh visited in that first shot too. :D

Skywatcher
04-05-2010, 06:58 AM
He did indeed :lol: mixing up my childood book collection - its a fusion of Winnie the Pooh and Wind in the Willows :D

Dawn
04-05-2010, 07:06 AM
Pooh and Wind in the same sentence?

Well that's this thread heading down the pan then. :rotfl:

Tink
04-05-2010, 08:05 AM
Well, that's good to know. I don't think I know the difference between the handsome fellow you have pictured here, and a honey badger, but in the dim recesses of my memory, I have a connection between badger and vicious. :unsure:

Although he sure looks mild enough!

Skywatcher
04-05-2010, 08:21 AM
http://splinteredsunrise.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/honey_badger.jpg

African beastie I think - not like our British Brock - worst thing they do is excavate your garden

Tink
04-05-2010, 08:23 AM
Oh goodness, he is a scary looking one isn't he? :eek:

malcolm
04-05-2010, 08:55 AM
Superb pictures......Looks like Mick with his burglar mask on in the last one..:nono:

Britchick
04-05-2010, 09:51 AM
Pooh and Wind in the same sentence?

Well that's this thread heading down the pan then. :rotfl:

noooooooooo pooh, wind and badgers!! :tongue:

uscwest
04-05-2010, 11:09 AM
I, like Tink, also thought that all badgers were vicious animals. I was getting ready to say that it was a good thing you cat couldn't get near the badger.

Skywatcher
04-05-2010, 12:02 PM
:lol: the badger runs a mile if he sees him.

They make the most adorable snuffling noise

Britchick
04-05-2010, 01:13 PM
i think if you trapped a badger and it was frightened it could be vicious

Skywatcher
04-05-2010, 01:38 PM
Yeah but that is pretty much true of most animals - they are by nature very timid and secretive creatures - they eat grubs and insects they aren't violent by nature

ukwdwnut
04-05-2010, 01:39 PM
very rare you see them too

i was driving home 2 weeks ago and there was a deer in the road god it frightened the life out of me :lol:

Skywatcher
04-05-2010, 01:53 PM
I feel very lucky to have them - we had a fox in teh garden last night as well - another cub all fluffy and cute - couldn't get a pic of him though. I do see them when I am up in the small ours with the scope but only cos I'm still for hours on end. One nosed past me at 4 am one day and realised I was there Hard to sayu who was more surprised. Lisa says shes never seen a wild one before - well one that wasn't roadkill anyway

ukwdwnut
04-05-2010, 02:20 PM
we have foxes in the garden virtually every night, see them out back too

josh.p.
04-05-2010, 03:32 PM
We have only ever had a fox visit us in our garden when we where having the conservatory built and the fence on the left hand side of our garden was taken up :yes: Not seen one since so I assume it's fox-proof!

ukwdwnut
04-05-2010, 04:14 PM
We have only ever had a fox visit us in our garden when we where having the conservatory built and the fence on the left hand side of our garden was taken up :yes: Not seen one since so I assume it's fox-proof!

round here they wander round like dogs used to years ago

Skywatcher
04-05-2010, 04:49 PM
They can jump over fences as wel - I was out one night and heard scrabbling and there was a beautiful vixen hopping over the fences - not much is truely fox proof

keith
04-05-2010, 05:42 PM
They can jump over fences as wel - I was out one night and heard scrabbling and there was a beautiful vixen hopping over the fences - not much is truely fox proof

go on, I bet it was a trained animal and you setup lights just so you could win a photo competition ;)

Britchick
04-05-2010, 06:26 PM
LOL! needs to work on the noise though, maybe a 5d Mk II would help :tongue:

Skywatcher
05-05-2010, 06:48 AM
:laugh:

Lisa went ----> :dozey: