Suckling badgers and Kingfisher close-ups

It’s been pretty busy this week! I got back from Shetland late on Sunday night, after a truly spectacular week, then straight into school on Monday and Tuesday, then off to Yew View. It was great to be back on site again, as I have not been there for 2 weeks. This means I had a lot of footage to catch up on and I was keen to see if the badgers were still visiting the sett and what else had been happening whilst I was away.

Whilst I was in my wooly hat and coat in Shetland, Yew View had been baking in 30+ degrees heat! The wild flower meadow has gone crazy… in fact it has gone a bit over now, flattened by the rains that followed the heat wave. The fruit is coming on a treat, with loads of apples, plums and pears already starting to swell and the mulberry tree looking as if it going to have a bumper crop this year!

With a drizzly day ahead, I started looking through all the footage from the last few weeks. We had been having regular visits from a female badger and her cub to our artificial sett. I was pleased to see that these two are still regular visitors. The cub is beginning to become more independent and appears in the chambers alone as well as with the female. Despite him foraging for himself now, he is still constantly trying to suckle from the female. She does not appear to have much milk now, but he is determined to attempt to keep this free snack going for as long as possible. These clips show him trying to suckle… the female seems oblivious to his attempts and his frustration at the lack of milk! There can’t be many who have managed to film wild badgers suckling, inside the sett, like this….

I am hoping that this female chooses to actually give birth in here next year…. that would be very special!

The wired cameras on the other sett entrance have captured this youngster leaving whilst it is still light…

I am hoping that these two hang around and continue to use our sett as it is a pleasure to watch them.

There have been an increased number of visits by our kingfishers after a brief lull in their visits. I presume this is because they have been breeding and hunting closer to their nesting site. We are having male, female and at least one youngster visiting. They are always a pleasure to watch. This footage is lifted from the wired camera that I have on their favourite perch…

With increased visits, I wanted to capture some more footage on my Bushnell. Setting two up at different perch points, I used the close-up lenses on the NatureView Live View. These clips are using the 46cm lens, which is perfect for a full-frame image of this stunning jewel of a bird! They visited before I left, so I sneaked out and uploaded the footage… hopefully next week, I will have lots more!