I have never been a nocturnal worker. I will spend all day in the field from dawn to dusk, but when it gets dark I have a strong desire to go home. Consequently I have never done that much with Tawny owls and Badgers. I have photographed them, but never extensively. This May I have been putting some effort in. To encourage myself I have put up a permanent wooden hide at a Badger sett. Now a hide is not necessary with Badgers, but it does give me extra comfort on windy or damp evenings. I have tried to get the badger used to me and my scent by leaving worn cloths in the hide overnight and have rigged up a 21 watt car fog light and car battery with a dimmer switch. I slowly increase the intensity of the red light when they appear and if I take 2 minutes to do so can eventually see them in very bright, but red, light.

My first shots were with two flash guns on each side of the camera at 45 degrees. The pictures are sharp and well lit, but boring so the next night I used one flash high up and to one side with a cardboard snoot over it to concentrate the beam in one spot. Badger, Meles meles

Badger, Meles melesNo Badgers appeared that night, but this Super Rat did. I thought it was a fox cub at first it was so large.

Brown rat, Rattus norvegicus

The next night I got some Badger in the beam of light. I feel the lighting is more interesting, but need to explore it further. A different background may be necessary to get the effect I want.

Badger, Meles meles

Badger, Meles meles


Published by mikelane81

Wildlife Photographer

2 thoughts on “Badgers

  1. dear mike althouth l would like to get some good shots of badgers, l know it is more of chance of time place and oppertunity,in some places with some honey and peanout,dead easy other times hours on end,,,in kew gardens they have two sets,and i hope through my son who works there i may get a chance, all so on the estate were my boat is l have come across them foraging for worms on dry times nad took no notice of my head light but bolt when they sniff you ,,keep up the good work.ken.m

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