I am so excited! Beyond excited!

Finally, after hours spent either sitting in bushes watching & waiting, or wandering around following little trails & trying to work out which holes were active, then working out where to put a trail camera whilst getting stung by nettles, poked by twigs, scratched by brambles & spending lots of time looking like I’d been dragged out of a hedge, finally, I got some footage of a badger!!

I get really disheartened when I see photographs that I aspire to achieve myself, only to find out the animals have been baited, or the picture is set up, or taken of a captive animal and none of this information is included in the description.

Personally, I refuse to use any kind of bait to get my shots, so what you see, are animals in their natural habitat, displaying natural behaviour.

I will never distress or disturb an animal just to get “that shot” I may not get as many shots or those of a commercial standard as others do, but when I do get a picture I’m proud of, I’m even more proud of the fact that I’ve had to work for it, study the subject and have taken time to learn about the animals behaviour etc.

The pictures here are taken from the video clip ~ prior to this I have had clips of birds, rats, moving plants & sometimes nothing at all as I’d put the camera in the wrong position!

Making the whole experience even better, was the fact my children were involved from start to finish.

I took them out with me early evening & set the camera up, the skies opened, the sun shone & we saw the most beautiful double rainbow I have ever seen! We stood at the edge of the field and watched it get brighter & brighter, simply stunning.

I’d usually wait until they were at school to go and get the camera back as mornings are always rather hectic! But my youngest asked if we could go get it beforehand so off we went. When we got home, they quickly ate breakfast, I made their lunch boxes & then it was time to see if we’d caught anything on camera!

It started off with about 6 clips of a baby robin ~ which were actually very cute & a welcome change from rats! Then, the next clip was clearly a night-time one, I pressed play, a black & white face appeared, the 3 of us shrieked with delight! Just brilliant!

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Two very excited children & an equally excited mummy headed off on the school run ~ a fantastic start to the day!