Startled Badger

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Comments (8)

walkaboutwest on October 1, 2007

Thanks for the comment, Bruce. I suppose the weight would be similar to a large racoon. However, they give the impression of being dense and powerful as they move. Also, their legs are shorter. Any animal can be nasty if they are provoked. This guy was about 25 feet away and headed right for me when I decided he hadn't seen me, so I spoke to let him know I was there. He ran away immediately.

Manfred1220 on October 2, 2007

A marvellous photo! And a beautiful animal! And they look also very different, as the European badgers. With us one can hardly see it. They come only in the night from their cave.

Greetings, Manfred

©junebug on October 3, 2007

You captured this beautiful badger very well, Eve. I have never seen one, but I think there are badgers in our forests, too. Thanks for sharing! Greetings, Anne

walkaboutwest on October 5, 2007

Thank you Manfred and Anne. I see them very often, but they always run away too fast to take a photo of, so I was happy to see this one come so close. I think I remember European Badgers have more white on their faces, and they are a little larger. This one was quite large, I would say about 8kg.

Chip Stephan on November 21, 2007

Beautifully captured photo of a rarely photographed animal. I've had only fleeting glimpses of these guys, and very few of those. Good shot, Eve.

Brant on April 2, 2008

Now this is a rare photo opportunity...very nice. My grandparents always had badgers on their land, dug in along the river banks. Cheers from Canada.

‘In every walk with nature one receives far more than they seek.’ ~John Muir

walkaboutwest on April 3, 2008

Thanks, Brant. I think they are still quite common, but shy as they are often shot as pests. I usually only get to see their rear end disappearing down their burrow.

lbweight on August 5, 2011

Some 30 years ago I had one get in my garage. I thought I was going to have to shoot him to get him out, but after about 20 minutes of persuasion I managed to get the nasty little guy to leave.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 27, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by walkaboutwest
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H2
    • Taken on 2007/09/27 13:13:39
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 72.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash