Monthly pic July 2014

A foraging badger (Meles meles). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, 1/40, f/2.8, iso 3200, tripod.
The other week an old wish came true: European badgers (Meles meles) in front of my lens! Never before did I see one of these illusive black and white beauties, other than the unfortunate road kill...

It wasn't a chance encounter either, but hide-based photography near a sett in the Ardennes in Belgium. At least 2 adults and 2 young were living here and we witnessed all four going around their furry business. It was quite the challenge to get some decent shots, since they are crepuscular/nocturnal and very active. That meant high iso's, low shutter speeds, a lot of patience and my Canon 5D mk III infrared assist beam doing a kickass job. Eventually – with the dying of the light – it was back to manual focusing. Those good old days!

Badgers are pretty likable creatures (unless you’re UK Secretary of State for Environment Owen Paterson) and the way they move when running is hilarious. I can best describe it as seeing a grey carpet floating through the underground with a ripple-like motion. Yeah, I blame the Belgium beer…

Enjoy your summer!

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