A walk around Badger’s Eye and some garden tit close-ups

With the six nations game to look forward to in the afternoon I took a gentle spin around the plantation this morning. There was a flat, blanket grey sky above me as I broke through the ditch scrub-line and followed an animal track across the meadow to slip quietly into the damp woodland. Immediately in front of me a tree creeper danced from trunk to trunk, steadily slipping back into the woods before melting out of sight. Walking on, the terraces of the badger sets stood prominent, interconnecting runs threading clearly through the site. I passed on, stalking a Great Spotted Woodpecker as it moved above in the canopy.

I headed back now, away from the colder summit of the hill, heading north and down to the protected shallow valley bottom.

With time still to spare before kick-off I improvised a hide close to the feeders in the back garden by draping camo over a ladder, positioning myself, a stool, the tripod and the camera underneath. After a few minutes the birds began to arrive and I managed to capture some nice close ups of Blue, Great and Marsh tits before heding inside to the warmth of the fireside and an afternoon of sporting viewing.

6 Comments

  1. A 'nugget' for comment readers – click on the small second picture and see if you can find the treecreeper 🙂

  2. Oh yes I saw the treecreeper!
    I used to see that bird in my garden in the past, but since last summer, I haven't seen it anymore.

    Those tit's pictures are beautiful!

  3. Lovely bird photos. I've never encountered a badger or seen a badger sett. Here in NYC, we're drowning in raccoons, which I don't believe you have in UK. Also coyotes have entered the city recently, which is truly amazing. Stumbled on your blog via Twitter, by the way.

  4. Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment. I do love the way twitter finds us all people and blogs that we wouldn't normally discover. No raccoons in the UK but our foxes hold a similar place in our european ecosystem. Not as dexterous though. I remember being told on a camping trip to Algonquin in my youth that they were capable of unzipping tents! And coyotes on the city limits, wow. Did you find the picture of the young badger I took last June? Take a look if you haven't and I do hope you drop by again soon.

    Best wishes

    Mark

  5. That close up of the blue tit's back is beautiful 🙂

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