Wednesday, 28 April 2010
I was not terribly happy to be woken up at 1am by strange rumbling noises from outside. I tried to ignore it and go back to sleep, but it felt like the house was shaking. Eventually my husband got up to investigate... and found a badger just outside our bedroom window!
He was pushing rocks around underneath the bird feeder, and loudly snorting up whatever he found under there. We think it might have been peanuts that the birds have knocked to the ground. I know I live in a great spot for wildlife in general, but this is the first time we've seen a badger on our property, which makes it pretty exciting.
On a side note, although I didn't manage to get a good photo (the flash scared him while I was still focusing), I'm impressed with the performance of the camera. It was pitch dark outside, and this was with an f4-5.6 lens (translation for non-photographers: not brilliant for low light conditions). So although it's only a photo of a badger running away, at least I did get something on camera, and you can see the rocks he was moving around.
He's been back most nights, so hopefully one of these days he'll be loud enough to wake us up again, or else I'll be awake enough to stay up for him. The camera is waiting!