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Skywatcher
24-09-2012, 05:24 PM
Taken in the conservatory as usual , trying out some powerful torches to illuminate the decking and improve the light

These two are this years cubs

I lose the noses sometimes as they get within an inch of my feet

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And my most recent ( and bestest) photo. I like it for pose ( hard to get them to sit up, as they snuffle about on the deck all the time ) lighting is better as well

Got to keep working on it to get it perfect, but its hard as they are very very shy nocturnal animals and, sadly I have to shoot through double glazing at the moment

The PLease stop refers to the pointless brutal cull of course :(

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8169/8016450878_b9bfab1fde_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/48304094@N08/8016450878/)
Please Stop (http://www.flickr.com/photos/48304094@N08/8016450878/) by Sidleydoc (http://www.flickr.com/people/48304094@N08/), on Flickr

Tinkerbell
24-09-2012, 05:27 PM
Awwww, that's amazing!

I can't believe what they are doing to these beautiful animals:cry1:

Skywatcher
24-09-2012, 05:50 PM
Er... I posted a YouTube link on the web but it doesn't seem to show up on tapatalk

Britchick
24-09-2012, 06:32 PM
I would challenge anyone to get a better photo Chris

Skywatcher
24-09-2012, 06:39 PM
Thanks Julie that is high praise indeed coming from you :hug2:

Still want to keep pushing though.

I know no one will notice or care but I spent 2 hours cloning out peanuts.:lol:

catrancher
24-09-2012, 06:47 PM
Amazing photo and video Chris! :thumbsup:

More amazing creatures. :mental:

Tom (:macwave:... my DW thinks they're "cute"!)

Britchick
24-09-2012, 06:50 PM
Cloning out peanuts.... Tres rock star lol

uscwest
24-09-2012, 06:54 PM
So that is peanuts they are eating then? Just what is happening to these animals. If there is sound with the video I can't hear it at work.

They look beautiful. Obviously not American Badgers. Do we have an equivalent here in the US do you know?

Skywatcher
24-09-2012, 07:18 PM
.. my DW thinks they're "cute"!)

They are cute. Look like big teddy bears.

They are nothing like the honey badgers or rather more vivacious American badger. More like raccoons I guess. They are very common over here but I would guess 95% or more of the population have never seen a live one.
They love peanuts :)

Skywatcher
24-09-2012, 07:26 PM
Cloning out peanuts.... Tres rock star lol

Indeed , wanted to spend time getting it just right as I was sure it was my best one yet. Not sure what to 'do' with it though.

John our badger population is being culled in a poorly conceived plan by the government to reduce bovine TB. All the science suggests it won't work and will not be humane but there are politics being played here with the farmers.
Most naturalists are furious

Britchick
24-09-2012, 07:32 PM
I read that as naturists! Totally different group of people...I think anyway lol

Skywatcher
24-09-2012, 07:45 PM
:lol: yes very different and a naturist naturalist would have to be very careful :lol:

Would love to get a badger pic published one day ... That's the aim.

Sam
24-09-2012, 08:51 PM
Fantastic pictures, thank you for sharing.

At our old farm when I was a still living at home with my parents, we had a family of badgers living in our Orchard. Often I could hear them snaffling about outside my bedroom late at night. Sometimes, when I used to have to be up before sunrise to see to the horses before going on an early shift for work, they would be wandering around as bold as brass without any fear or even interest in me. Many of time I had to be careful I didn't fall over one whilst getting hay, etc. Obviously this isn't the norm for these shy animals, but ours seemed to be very comfortable with us. As my dad used to say "they had more front than Scarborough".

Skywatcher
25-09-2012, 08:41 AM
:lol: yes indeed - I guess they have just gotten used to you over a long period of time like ours did - as long as they realise you aren't a threat.

Ours realised if they tolerated the flashgun they got more peanuts ;)

Tink
25-09-2012, 03:32 PM
Such sweet, peaceful looking little creatures. I'd not think they were like raccoons. Raccoons are quite vicious when approached and the last thing you'd want to do would be lure them to your porch.

It's sad to hear what is being done to these pretty little animals. :( Thank you for working so hard to get photos of them, and to share them with us!

It would be fabulous for you to be able to get one published!

Britchick
25-09-2012, 05:21 PM
hey, just had a thought, you should send the photo to Chris Packham! he keeps tweeting about the plight of the badger

lozzy
25-09-2012, 05:52 PM
That is an amazing photo, He is just so cute.
Hope the government don't get they way.


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Skywatcher
25-09-2012, 10:50 PM
Thank you so much guys :)

My old black and white one has been chosen to be in the Sussex wildlife calendar next year :mental:

They will do a public vote on the 12 images and the top 4 get a prize

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/09/26/aqupy8y9.jpg

Tink
25-09-2012, 10:56 PM
Just too perky is that Badger! :yes:

Can we vote? :D

Skywatcher
26-09-2012, 12:09 PM
I will let you now come the time :yes: just so honoured as they had loads of top quality professional grade photos entered :mental:

Beccaberry
26-09-2012, 12:57 PM
Sweet faced little guy...

uscwest
25-10-2012, 05:43 PM
Indeed , wanted to spend time getting it just right as I was sure it was my best one yet. Not sure what to 'do' with it though.

John our badger population is being culled in a poorly conceived plan by the government to reduce bovine TB. All the science suggests it won't work and will not be humane but there are politics being played here with the farmers.
Most naturalists are furious

Just read this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-20085441