Summer's a great time to see wildlife - birds have mostly fledged so are all out and about, young badgers and foxes can be seen at dawn/dusk looking for food. My river has been alive with wildlife this year, and I've been using the Bushnell camera trap to record whats going on while I'm working. Don't underestimate the power of these little devices, as you may find out some interesting behavior/wildlife close to home.
I have an otter that appears regularly on the river bank, but doesn't stay long, or eat any of the fish baits put out - it prefers to mark it's territory and go, but that gives me a great opportunity to grab some footage:
The next video shows the same otter scent marking the area - usually done to mark out territory boundaries to other otter families/wildlife. It doesn't put the resident mink off though, as he nips in and swipes all the fish baits in one go.....it's interesting to see the otter and mink co-exist in the same area contrary to what some wildlife experts suggest - a new study now shows that where there are healthy otters, the population of mink can significantly fall:
Although it's not just the mink that are partial to the fish baits on offer.....there's a fox family nearby too, and I've often got video footage of them eating on the nuts put out for badgers, etc. But I didn't expect to see one make it down to this secluded bank (sheer 6ft drop to water) and nick the lamprey bait left out - it just goes to show you how opportune some predators can be when searching for food:
Thanks for watching the videos, I'll be posting more badger footage soon, as a young adult is now feeding with the adult badgers on a regular basis and I've been providing a few peanut treats for them to entice them to the camera trap. Keep checking the facebook page for news of projects, courses and pics, and as always, please let me know your thoughts on this blog by commenting below!
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Photographic adventures from from behind the DGPix Wildlife & Nature Photography lens!