Wednesday, 28 April 2010

A Midnight Visitor



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.

badger

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!

30 comments:

lakeviewer said...

Not bad! Badgers, racoons, cougars, deer, bears are constant visitors in my neck of the woods. I give them plenty of time to disappear before I come on the scene.

Kirsty said...

that's amazing! seeing badgers etc is the one thing that would make me want to live in the countryside.

Chef E said...

Its those kinds of nights you wish the camera was a robotic and legs and arms pop out like in a cartoon and take the photo while you are zzzzzz'ing away :)

Saw a badger in that new Fox movie with George Clooney voice, was cute movie...

Kel said...

Better a badger than a burglar! :) I've never seen a badger before, I'll have to share this with my girls.

Tabor said...

I have heard that they can be somewhat aggressive...is that true? I like your pretty little flowers beneath the feeder.

Dedene said...

Now that's pretty cool. I've never seen a badger up close before. But they are rather agressive, aren't they? Be careful.

Louiz said...

That's an impressive badger. All I could offer is mangy foxes (all the urban foxes round here have mange and look motheaten).

liliannattel said...

Oh that's pretty good for night. Too bad he didn't give you a better look at his face. But it made me curious to look up badgers on flickr. There's a good profile here http://www.flickr.com/photos/66164549@N00/3365830384/ .

Supermanslady said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

When I was a teenager, we had a raccoon and a possum who routinely showed up on our backporch to eat catfood. Almost every night we could stare out the door at them...they wouldn't budge unless you got within a foot of them...then they would waddle down the steps.

I love wild critters! But hate when they wake you up in the middle of the night!

Double Wide Mom said...

how cool. I swore I saw a badger or bobcat in our backyard. Turned out it was a large house cat. Says my husband. I'm sticking to my story!

The Mother said...

I love the wildlife, but not at 3 in the morning.

Stephanie V said...

Maybe the plan is to build a rock ladder to the feeder. I never underestimate the cunning of animals. Nice shot. I can never even get my camera out in time for these nocturnal visits much less focus it.

Kazzy said...

I think that picture turned out great, considering it was taken in the dark!

Do you think he was looking for something under the rocks? Besides peanuts?

Kimberly said...

Wow! I was taken a back by your fox photos, but the badger...that is really something.

Those things are vicious.

MJ said...

This is lovely and it makes me excited for all the wrong reasons. Badgers are so rock and roll! I remember this time one ran into the side of my mate's car while it was moving - it left a dent, and got up, shook itself and ran off looking ever so perky!

ScoMan said...

I would never go outside to investigate a noise that late at night. I'm a wuss.

I just turn my fan on high which is loud and drowns out everything else.

Sounds like there is some cool wildlife there though. I always wanted to live in a place with that much nature about.

Toni said...

Awww...I definitely wouldn't mind him waking me up - he's so cute!

Kifus said...

Oh I love it when I get to see the pictures I took when it's dark. It's like opening a present. You don't really know what your photos taken in the dark will look like. And it's amazing how you can see every detail in this one. Every flower, every grass blade.

Have a great day, Rachel!

WhisperingWriter said...

I'd be a little miffed if he woke me up. I do not like my sleep disturbed.

Chad Zahara said...

Hahaha cute badger. Sorry that he woke you up, though. =P

Ginny Marie said...

I'm impressed with your camera as well! It's a better shot than I would have gotten.

Last summer we had a fox appear a few times in our suburban backyard. That was pretty exciting for us city folks!

Jacqueline said...

Well done for getting a shot. I once saw three foxes trotting down our street, but didn't have the presence of mind to grab my camera.

Kristy said...

I, too, am quite impressed you got the camera out and took a picture. The most you would have gotten out of me at that time would have been some grumbling and the f word. Thanks for stopping by my site!
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smilla4blogs said...

There are always interesting encounters when we share our space in the country! A bear charged my car a number of years ago...I hit him, but I don't think he was badly hurt as he ran off into the woods.

I've been thinking about your shot and wondering if a tripod and camera focused under the feeder, flash off, long exposure would help you to capture your midnight visitor??

Lauren said...

You know, I don't think I've ever seen a badger in person before. I bet that was interesting! Knowing me, I'd be scared hearing those noises thinking it was something else!

LadyFi said...

I've got a good camera and still can't take any good night shots, so this is brilliant!

And a badger.. that's great!

Jack said...

The camera worked pretty well.

bellsknits.com said...

badgers, like moles, just seem so very English to me. I think that's got something to do with the Wind in the Willows.

Holly said...

Pesky creatures. We have raccoons and they are naughty and awful. Our trash cans are bungee corded together...I have to clean up poop every day...ugh.

Domestic Executive. said...

Good grief - that is one determined badger. First time I've seen one so well done on the snap.

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