Over the weekend I decided to visit my friend's farm in Dorset as I knew there was an active Badger sett there. So after the drive down to the Isle of Purbeck, I set off to scout out the tunnels, to see which was the most likely exit point. I eventually decided on the most likely looking entrance and set my hide up for their starring roles. During the day I went off with my macro lens and found a wonderful variety of subjects.
At around 6 o' clock I headed off to my hide, to wait for the arrival of the shy Badgers. Up until recently I had only ever seen a wild badger whilst driving down the small country lanes around my house. Anyway at around 8 o' clock I noticed one of the branches above the tunnel entrance moving. This was because I placed Peanut Butter around the area to entice them out, it certainly seemed to work well. I get such a rush when I get as close to wildlife as I did here, it is such a wonderful experience, especially when you are there by yourself. So the first adult appeared, but all I could see was the top of its back, it was extremely frustrating. Then, after three further individuals trotted off into the bracken, before I could even get the camera to focus on them, three younger individuals decided to stay put only a few metres from the hide. There were a few squabbles and some wonderful sounding chatter, unfortuntely I don't have a specialist microphone so the sounds were not picked up.
I hope you like the footage, as you can probably tell they definitely knew I was there but it didn't put them off the starters I had laid out for them!