European Badger (Meles meles)
The image above was my very first encounter with a real life badger, and the very first photograph I took one late night back in the summer of 2012 in my own backyard. I was so unbelievably excited I dared not open the sliding patio door for fear the noise would frighten it off, and although I knew flash through glass was a bad idea, nevertheless I gave it a go and the result is the mysterious image we have above.
The following nights I got bolder, and opened up the door to the patio just enough to get my camera lens through, and managed to get the photographs you see here.
They were all originally took in colour, but I felt as nighttime photographs and because of the subject black and white suited them better.
Over the months Mr Badger, as I had began to call him, although I was not really sure of his sex, had grown bolder, too, and he was getting used to my presence, and he allowed me close observation of his nocturnal wanderings of my backyard.
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