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Night Stalker 2

By Philip_P  
Another shot from my workshop with David Plummer at a badger sett in Sussex. This is the cropped version, I will load the uncropped version as well.

In case you didn't see the first photo I loaded from the workshop, I have again put the processes of how this photo was captured for those who may be interested.

Early in the afternoon we got together to access the sett (which is on private land owned by David) and decided the best spot for a photograph, it was extremely important we took into consideration the wind, as our scent needed to be carried away from the sett & our baited area.

Away from the sett in order not to disturb the badgers, David showed me how best to light the area and what settings I should use, we took a few test shots, making sure all the equipment worked and the settings gave us the correct exposure.

Later we took the gear back to the sett , 3 flashes, 2 to the front, either side & 1 behind, baited the area with peanuts, and tried some more test shots. We got into position at 7.30pm and sat in wait for until approx 9pm, very quietly and trying not to move, eventually a young cub came out first, nervous running around the sett. About 10mins later a different badger, probably a yearling came into view eating the peanuts we had laid out down the path and eventually came into our chosen position.

I managed to get 10 controlled shots off before the wind changed and it made a quick exit. We stayed for approx another 45mins, but the wind had changed and was carrying our scent over the sett. We knew there wasn't going to be much chance of seeing anymore badgers for sometime, so we made a very quiet exit from the area in order not to disturb them any further, but what an experience being so close to wild badgers.

I hope this has given you an insight of how difficult it is to get photo's of wild badgers and my workshop.

Many thanks for the c/c's on my last photo

Tags: General Badger Woodland Wildlife and nature Badger sett

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Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
17 Aug 2011 6:27PM
A wonderful wildlife image, it must have been a real privelege to view these beautiful nocturnal creatures at such closehand

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17 Aug 2011 6:39PM
Superb captures with sharp detail and excellent colour.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
17 Aug 2011 6:48PM
A very fine shot Phil.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
17 Aug 2011 6:50PM
V2 works better for me.....

17 Aug 2011 7:39PM
Great capture with great detail & colour, nice one!
lil48 8
17 Aug 2011 9:32PM
great capture
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
18 Aug 2011 3:06PM
Very good narrative Philip and the balance of light/exposure is first class. I would love to know what light you used and approximately how far and power ratios you used to get the balance.
I'm off out Tomorrow and Saturday to try ours, luckily they are very tolerent and brave staying well and accepting movement and scent, but it has taken one of the guys 12 months to get them used to humans. Scent lock clothing does help a tad though
We'll get together soon, i'll let you know how we get on tomorrow evening

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