Sorry for the long delay between posts! I was feeling bad having given you so many consecutive bird posts and wanted to give you a break. Problem is.. to do that I have to find some topics that are … well, not more birds. That translates into finally digging into the backlog again and seeing what’s available. Figured the Yellowstone National Park trip back in 2013 was just the ticket. Technically, it was the ticket for a ton of posts, so the good news is I’m now set for all kinds of posts (Yellowstone trips have a habit of doing that). I should also mention I had an excellent opportunity to do some birding with my brother Ron over the weekend at Chain O’ Lakes. Let’s just say that day turned out awesome and looking forward to getting those processed. I’m likely to jump the queue a bit to keep those fresh. Eager to get those out, but right now, let’s enjoy today’s featured animal.
How cool is that! This is the first time I’ve ever encountered a Badger in the wild. If you recall I was able to witness one at Wildlife Prairie Park (link here and here), but that doesn’t really compare to the experience to seeing one out in it’s natural setting. I was actually scanning the fields looking for some birds (imagine that) while Linda was off taking pictures of a rather stunning sunset on a nearby pond – reminds me I need to check if she got around to processing those yet. For a better vantage point I was standing on a large boulder about 40 feet or so off the edge of the road scanning the field in hopes of seeing some ground birds (a serious hole in my birding life list). Unfortunately, not much was moving at all. Bummed I looked down to judge the jump off the rock when I noticed a rather large hole dug with some serious effort right next to the rock. Not sure how this escaped me when getting up there in the first place. Noting how thankful not to have broken a foot off in it, opted to exit on the other side only to find ANOTHER larger hole on that side as well. What the hell, I’ve walked directly into some devious rodent trap! Now curious, the fields were given a second viewing. That is when my eye caught this Badger meandering through the brush.
hit the jump to read the rest of the Badger post
I must say, this was a fine substitute for not finding any birds. Guessing the nerves were a little amped since only a few of the shots actually came out from 50+ that were taken. Oh well, that is what digital brings to the table. This dude or dudette – sorry, not exactly sure how to tell the two apart, was on a mission, moving from thicket to thicket, investigating each boulder and surveying the fields likely looking for its own supper. Eventually it ended up a little too close for comfort based completely on the fact I had no idea how fast these Badgers are (I checked in with our friends over at Wikipedia and the answer to that is 16-19 mph for short distances – not to shabby) and no idea what their disposition is to humans. The other posts pointed out the claws they possess and there was absolutely no desire to see them again absent of a protective barrier. Not to mention it eventually spotted The Beast pointed at it.
Yep, time to head back to the car – careful not to step in any of the holes that happened to be all over the place now that I was looking for them. An interesting story developed with likely this creature and a family of foxes we were able to shoot on a previous day. I’ll save that discussion for when that post comes out – ah, a little blog suspense!
That’s all I have for now – they are about to crown the Face Off winner so need to go take that in. Hope you enjoyed this break from the birds.