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Old Monday 13th December 2010, 20:51   #26
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Nice to see someone else joining in!

As to the photo, it looks like a badger's back end to me?
I really want it to be a Badger and this was my first thought. They are in the area as I've seen two roadkills just outside the house over the last couple of years.

As it's difficult to judge scale, I wasn't confident enough to rule out rabbit as the fur looks pretty smooth, and they are common visitors to the vegetable patch.

I will have to try for a better picture.
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Old Monday 13th December 2010, 21:02   #27
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I really want it to be a Badger and this was my first thought. They are in the area as I've seen two roadkills just outside the house over the last couple of years.

As it's difficult to judge scale, I wasn't confident enough to rule out rabbit as the fur looks pretty smooth, and they are common visitors to the vegetable patch.

I will have to try for a better picture.
I think I went through the same thought process, between rabbit and badger!

Now I look again I can see how it's be sitting, which I couldn't quite before. The white bit near the corner is part of the hind leg? Which makes me lean towards rabbit.

Hard to tell, only solution is get the camera back out there. ...
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Hard to tell, only solution is get the camera back out there. ...
Thanks. I'll get it set up again tomorrow.
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I can see where you're both coming from with rabbit and badger but I'm not 100% convinced that it's a back end view. Doesn't it look a bit like a pricked ear on the bottom left of the animal? I'm wondering if it could be the fox again with it's head bent down and around to the right.

Good luck with getting more pictures to solve the mystery.
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Doesn't it look a bit like a pricked ear on the bottom left of the animal? I'm wondering if it could be the fox again with it's head bent down and around to the right.
That's exactly what my girlfriend said. Although I don't like to admit it, you both may be on to something!

I'm still going to work on a Badger photo.
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Changed the camera location to the field behind the garden where a well worn mammal track promised some activity. Still no badger but managed a rabbit.

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Also the fox pictures have improved! (same fox using the path on different nights).

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Old Sunday 26th December 2010, 15:45   #32
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Changed the camera location to the field behind the garden where a well worn mammal track promised some activity. Still no badger but managed a rabbit.

Also the fox pictures have improved! (same fox using the path on different nights).
Excellent fox captures. You could really do with the rabbit and the fox using the track at the same time for an action shot .

Any joy with badgers yet?

I checked my camera today as it's been out for a few days. Not a single photo. I think it's angled down a bit too much but judging by the tracks I could see in the vicinity it's only missed roe deer. The strap was all frozen up and I couldn't be bothered to try and realign it so left it as it was.
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[quote=Tree Sparrow;2014900]Excellent fox captures. You could really do with the rabbit and the fox using the track at the same time for an action shot .

Any joy with badgers yet?

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Checked it again yesterday but only foxes and various birds. Might try a different location.

I know of a good otter site but not sure if I want to risk the camera getting stolen.
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Hey look everyone, it's a grainy woodpigeon!!

Yes, I'm running a bit short at the moment.

Camera is out tonight at the badger sett though, an entrance with very fresh activity (last night I think), and it's a very clear night. Fingers crossed....

Anyone else got anything new?
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Hey look everyone, it's a grainy woodpigeon!!
Get it a bit more grainy and you can claim it as a female Capercaillie or something that would be a little gripper for us.
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Get it a bit more grainy and you can claim it as a female Capercaillie or something that would be a little gripper for us.
Good advice from the expert gripper himself!
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Hey look everyone, it's a grainy woodpigeon!!

Yes, I'm running a bit short at the moment.

Camera is out tonight at the badger sett though, an entrance with very fresh activity (last night I think), and it's a very clear night. Fingers crossed....

Anyone else got anything new?
I was going to reply last night that I hadn't had anything interesting except a Roe Deer having a pee but thought I'd wait and see if there was anything new this morning and there was.

Not a new species but a fox up a tree. When I downloaded the pics onto the computer I thought I'd got a Pine Marten. Wish I'd had it set to video. It's even more blurry than your Woodpigeon! Some of the blur was due to frozen snow/ice on the lens.

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Not a new species but a fox up a tree. When I downloaded the pics onto the computer I thought I'd got a Pine Marten. Wish I'd had it set to video. It's even more blurry than your Woodpigeon! Some of the blur was due to frozen snow/ice on the lens.

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Nice one! Fox up a tree would be a great video, shame but still an interesting photo.

I got something last night too........
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Blasted thing knocked my camera off angle :)
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Blasted thing knocked my camera off angle :)
Woohoo . Excellent! It must have been sniffing the camera lol.

It does look very aware of the camera. The badgers here seem to keep their heads down lol.
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Woohoo . Excellent! It must have been sniffing the camera lol.

It does look very aware of the camera. The badgers here seem to keep their heads down lol.
Yeah, definitely knew the camera was there

The 30 second video just before that is the branches manically bouncing around, then 10 seconds into the next video this guy pops his head round the corner!

There are a couple of vids of him gathering bedding (thought not very clear), one diving back down the entrance then popping his head out again and sniffing the air, and a few just hanging about. Will get it positioned somewhere a bit more secure tomorrow, with fewer branches in the way!!

Very happy and relieved though - I've been keeping an eye on this sett for quite a few years now and I hadn't seen any sign of badgers for a couple of months. Great to know they're still about and the foxes haven't taken over the whole sett.
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Yeah, definitely knew the camera was there

The 30 second video just before that is the branches manically bouncing around, then 10 seconds into the next video this guy pops his head round the corner!

There are a couple of vids of him gathering bedding (thought not very clear), one diving back down the entrance then popping his head out again and sniffing the air, and a few just hanging about. Will get it positioned somewhere a bit more secure tomorrow, with fewer branches in the way!!

Very happy and relieved though - I've been keeping an eye on this sett for quite a few years now and I hadn't seen any sign of badgers for a couple of months. Great to know they're still about and the foxes haven't taken over the whole sett.
Oh I'd love to see the gathering of bedding. I've seen evidence of it but haven't managed to capture it.

Actually I think sometimes a branch in the way takes away the "glare/reflection" of the subject. I got rid of a branch from one of my best locations and then found that the light reflected off the animal instead. Really annoying.

I wonder if your sett is a bit like mine? Mine is obviously not used full time and I think it might be a satellite sett which is just used occasionally. It's not helped by the fact that cattle wander over it in the summer and break down into it. I saw prints in the snow coming out of a couple of entrances in Nov/Dec but nothing since. I'll check again tomorrow as I haven't been down there since the last snow.
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It is very hard to stay quiet whilst watching a badger gathering bedding. They waddle backwards, rolling it up as they go, and backwards down the tunnel. Very funny!! The videos aren't really worth putting up anywhere though, the badger is right at the edge of the screen both times. Hopefully I'll get a better one.

Mine is a main sett, or at least used to be. It was extremely active a couple of years ago but since then we've had several local road casualties, which might explain why it's not so active now. Looking forward to April and cub time to find out what's really going on...
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hey y'all
more success with our stripey friends last night - stomping right up to the camera!
funny how the foxes trot by without a glance.
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more success with our stripey friends last night - stomping right up to the camera!
funny how the foxes trot by without a glance.
Nice shot. I guess I should go and check my camera trap.
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more success with our stripey friends last night - stomping right up to the camera!
funny how the foxes trot by without a glance.
God what a huge badger . Are you sure it isn't a giant panda lol.

I do hope you get cubs this year, you could get some great footage.

Funnily enough I had a badger last night, well early this morning really, but it's not nearly as clear as yours and it doesn't look anywhere near as big lol.

Are you using your new batteries now?

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Nice shot. I guess I should go and check my camera trap.
You should . How long do you leave it for? I can happily leave mine for a few days when they're close to home but I get nervous when they're somewhere else, even though I have permission from the landowners. I just worry that someone might nick it or with a new location that I might not have the angle right... that's where one that you can view on the spot would be useful.

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You should . How long do you leave it for? I can happily leave mine for a few days when they're close to home but I get nervous when they're somewhere else, even though I have permission from the landowners. I just worry that someone might nick it or with a new location that I might not have the angle right... that's where one that you can view on the spot would be useful.

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It's been out about a week now. Not really had time to check it but may take a lok tomorrow.
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God what a huge badger . Are you sure it isn't a giant panda lol.

I do hope you get cubs this year, you could get some great footage.

Funnily enough I had a badger last night, well early this morning really, but it's not nearly as clear as yours and it doesn't look anywhere near as big lol.

Are you using your new batteries now?

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Haha, yep he's a biggie!
I have the camera set up close to a scratching post tonight, in the hope that I'll get him at full stretch.... big ask but fingers crossed!

Using the rechargeables now and it's working fine. They don't last as long, but I'm just charging them occasionally in sets of 4, and leaving 8 in the camera at all times. Seems ok at the moment. I can't leave the camera for more than a couple of days at a time anyway - too impatient!

Think you should post your badger pic....
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My first edited and uploaded badger video!
The quality isn't as good as straight out the camera, not sure why, it's gone all blotchy.
Still, here it is..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymW3bL1SPms
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