The Talbenny valley Badgers

These series of images i photographed over a one week period during the month of June.

With kind permission of  Upper Broadmoor farm i was given the opportunity to set up a hide ten feet away from an active Badger set.

The hardest point was whether these Badgers would, except my hide being so close,and whether i would have enough light in my camera to photograph them,i arrived at the location at six pm,scattered peanuts around the set and settled in my hide in the hope they would appear before the sun went down.

I set my Canon 7d mk2 to the highest light optimiser setting and used an ISO parameter of no more than 1250 as any higher my images would gather too much noise.

The sow first appeared at 8pm and within five minutes four younger Badgers appeared.At first the sound of my shutter sent them back down the set,but as time passed the Badgers were more interested in the peanuts than the sound of my shutter.

I spent every evening with them and watching their interaction was amazing,an incredible experience and one i will never forget.

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Chance Meetings

Badgers are one of the most iconic mammals in the UK.They are predominantly nocturnal but sometimes can be seen at dusk.The three badgers i have photographed here were chance meetings, infact i stumbled upon them foraging totally unprepared with only seconds to react before they disappeared into scrub.Because their eyesight is poor i had a few seconds to depress my shutter,and with poor light it was with more hope than judgement.Unfortunately due to the British Governments  controversial badger cull in the UK  which many people including myself are opposed to i can not tell you where they were taken, but i hope you will like them.

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