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Old Monday 16th October 2017, 15:42   #151
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Popped into the Forest of Dean on the way back from the Rock Thrush on Saturday and had a brief view of two Wild Boar belting across the path into a pine plantation - disturbed between 6 and 20 as I continued, but they all ran away from the path rather than across it.

Foxes have been very regular (pleased to see us back after 2 weeks away on Shetland I should think) and I'll put one or two of the first shots with the new rig up later.

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Picture of White Tip taken with the new rig (under red light) as promised. The point is that this is auto-focused in sufficient darkness that it isn't possible without the rig. Range is about seven or eight yards but the red light will do it at double that at least and the white light out to fifty yards or more without using the top setting (important as that is alleged to be potentially capable of damage, though I think they mean if you flash it right in someone's face).

For the record I use -2/3 stop exposure comp on both camera and flash to keep reflection from the animal's eye to a minimum. With any nocturnal beast that has a tapetum lucidum this is essential as the eye will not just white out but actually project light like some eerie sci-fi monster in your photo. Foxes are terrible for this! The best solution is to photograph them when they aren't looking straight at you, but that is quite difficult to achieve when they are focusing on you in anticipation of food.

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Also Yellow Necked mice who have taken up residence in my garage and a lovely roe deer at Burwell Fen

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In September we were at Acadia National Park in Maine and saw this porcupine munching on fallen apples. A little guy. I took about 100 photos. Later when I looked at them I can't find one were I can see it's eyes open. We were surprised that it didn't mind my son getting so close. I wonder if it was sick?
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Old Friday 3rd November 2017, 16:24   #156
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In September we were at Acadia National Park in Maine and saw this porcupine munching on fallen apples. A little guy. I took about 100 photos. Later when I looked at them I can't find one were I can see it's eyes open. We were surprised that it didn't mind my son getting so close. I wonder if it was sick?
Depending how fermented the windfalls were, I wonder if it was off its face.....

Great sighting!

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Depending how fermented the windfalls were, I wonder if it was off its face.....

Great sighting!

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I hope the little critter was just drunk. After that day, and especially after looking at the photos on the computer where never could I see it's eyes open, I started to worry about rabies.

Porcupines are such docile critters. I hope that it's ok.

It's true that at that particular spot people are all over the place and it might have learned not to be afraid. But the closed eyes...
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Just been out to my local Badger sett with the new night rig. Pretty happy with the result.

One pic just to show. Taken in the dark across the canal, red torch light from the torch on the rig (to which the Badger paid no attention), autofocus, flash (incidentally I said I was using -2/3 stop exposure compensation but I've upped that to a full stop recently). No crop, minimal adjustment in DPP. The eventual final version will be cropped a bit and the eyes worked on in PSE7.

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