I didn’t expect to photograph an American Badger yesterday but I did! And from so close I could only take portraits of her at first. Her den was at the bottom of a hill on a narrow dirt road so I took a bunch of close up images of her using the FX mode in my Nikon D810 and I could have probably used more depth of field to get more of her in focus but I also wanted to focus on her eyes and then was pleasantly surprised when she stuck out her tongue. I never knew that the tip of a badger’s tongue was square shaped until I took this image.
Then I took a quick series of the badger in DX mode and I was happy when she faced me head on. It was already 11:30 a.m. when I took the images of the badger so the light was high, strong and it kind of washed out her colors.
I love badgers, so I don’t care. Besides, I only get this close to an American Badger about once every two years.
After moving down the hill a little bit I finally grabbed my backup D300 with the 18-200mm VR lens attached to get a wider angle of the badger and her den. Not long after this image I left her to her peace and quiet.
Later I will post some images that will show why I knew she was a female. I’m pretty sure the American Badger at her den has cubs, they can have anywhere from one to five! I just hope that no one kills her because they consider her a pest.
Life is full of surprises. And it is good.
P.S. Heading home this morning, tired, dusty but happy.